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Considerations when constructing a semantic differential scale.

  title={Considerations when constructing a semantic differential scale.},
  author={Jayne. Al-Hindawe and Critical Enquiry.},
The vast majority of language attitude studies have employed the use of a semantic differential scale to elicit the listener’s perceptions of various language varieties and the speakers of those varieties. However, after administering such a scale in a small pilot study it became apparent that there were numerous unforseen decisions which had to be made in designing the scale. The process of designing a semantic differential scale has been rarely discussed in the literature. This process can… 
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