Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Cheryl L. Dickter

Committee Members

M. Christine Porter

Julie Richter


The current study examined the influence of dialect, gender, and group identification on the person perception process. Participants listened to a message delivered in either a standard or southern dialect by either a male or female speaker. The researcher examined differences in speaker evaluations based on the speaker's dialect and gender. The impact of individual differences in southern identification on speaker evaluations was also explored. Results demonstrated that a southern dialect significantly affects perceptions of the speaker. The speaker's gender and participants' level of southern identification interacted with dialect to influence speaker evaluations on a number of measures. Results were discussed in terms of previous research. Implications for southern (and other nonstandard) speakers were also highlighted.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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