Are accents one of the last acceptable areas for discrimination?

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The use of language and the ability to speak "Standard English" in America can have serious consequences for people in this country. One's intellectual ability is often judged on the basis of how well one speaks English. Foreign accents and accents related to variation in style and pronunciation of native English speech can be subject to negative evaluation and discrimination. As America becomes an increasingly multicultural nation, it is to be hoped that we will become increasingly skilled in communicating with those who speak English with various accents as well as tolerant in our attitudes toward all accents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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