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The Accent Bias Britain Project: An Overview

The Accent Bias Britain project brought together a team of sociolinguists, psychologists, and lawyers to investigate attitudes to various British accents and how these attitudes might play a role in …

Justifications for accentism

So far on this course, we’ve mainly framed accentism as a negative thing. But if accent discrimination is so widespread, and it is not a criminal offence, are there any …

What is accentism?

An emerging topic of study for sociolinguists is that of ‘accentism.’ The term accentism describes discriminatory or unfair behaviour centred on someone’s accent or language use. Accentism is increasingly something …

Language attitudes and correctness

In this video, Dr Claire Childs explains the link between the attitudes we have about accents and how these relate to ideas of ‘correct’ language use. Let’s take some time …

Attitudes, prestige and ideology

When we talk about language attitudes in sociolinguistics, we’re looking at how people associate different forms of language with positive and negative traits. As well as the idea of a …