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ERIC Number: EJ1246799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2474-4166
Other People's English Accents Matter: Challenging Standard English Accent Hegemony
Orelus, Pierre W.
Excellence in Education Journal, v9 n1 p120-148 Win 2020
We live in a society where standard accents are highly valued. Generally, people who speak with a Standard English accent are seen through a positive lens linguistically; those whose English is accented are stigmatized. Accent discrimination affects linguistic minorities from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds, including foreign-accented English speakers. This article uses a sociolinguistic framework and draws from participants' "testimonios" garnered over the course of a year to explore the ways in which linguistic minorities, across ethnicity, race, language, and nationality, experienced various forms of accent discrimination. Participants' testimonios suggest that these factors play a significant role in the different ways and the degree to which they were subjected to accent discrimination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico