Measuring language attitudes. The case of Trasianka in Belarus

  • Natallia Sender


stems from agriculture describing a 'mixed fodder of poor quality'. Language attitudes towards this variety have hardly been examined thus far. In a recent study based on the matched-guise technique, 227 Belarusian adolescents listened to and evaluated a female speaker reading the same text in Russian, Belarusian and Trasianka. When the speaker used Trasianka, she was given low ratings by test participants in matters of socio-structural issues such as profession and education. Regarding competence, the test participants assumed that the Trasianka speaker was less qualified, as shown by answers to a question on competencies in foreign languages. Finally, the test participants were more reluctant to accept the Trasianka speaker as a neighbor. With this responsiveness, they performed a bigger social distance. By these findings, there is ample reason to conclude that there are negative attitudes existing amongst today's population in Belarus regarding speakers of Trasianka.
Sender, N. (2014). Measuring language attitudes. The case of Trasianka in Belarus. Linguistik Online, 64(2).
Bi- und multilingual people: Language attitudes and language use / Bi- und multilinguale Menschen: Spracheinstellungen und Sprachverwendung