There is much evidence to indicate the role of speaker accent expectations and its impacts on the subsequent rating of the speaker. Additionally, examples including the Central Park Five as well as Rachel Jeantel of the Trayvon Martin case indicate the impacts of this speaker rating particularly in the context of the courtroom. This necessitates the further evaluation of the impact of dialectal bias on speaker ratings especially in the context of a courtroom due to the severity of the impacts. Utilizing a 4x2 between subjects experimental design manipulating on the basis of both dialect and speaker expectation, this study demonstrated that the usage of AAVE compared to SAE decreased overall ratings of perceived credibility of the speaker. However, this was not replicated with perceived favourability. No clear link between expectation violation and speaker ratings was established as well.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
Nicholson School of Communcation and Media
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Joseph, Christina, "Using Expectation Violation Theory to Evaluate Dialectal Bias in Courtroom Contexts" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 885.