How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
This volume presents the results of the largest ever language attitude/motivation survey, involving over 13,000 teenage language learners in Hungary on three successive occasions: in 1993, 1999 and 2004. The results are not confined to the European environment but have wider implications concerning attitude change, motivational dynamics and language globalisation.