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Accent and Dialect

4. MLE and MBE

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In this module, we explore Multicultural London English (MLE) and Multicultural British English (MBE), focusing in particular on: (i) the work of Jenny Cheshire and Paul Kerswill on Multicultural London English (MLE), and the concept of the multiethnolect more generally; (ii) the work of Rob Drummond on Multicultural London English and Multicultural Urban British English, including his work on multiethnolects in Manchester; (iii) the extent to which the kind of changes observed in MLE and MBE anticipate changes in other dialects.


In this course, Dr Chris Montgomery (University of Sheffield) explores accent and dialect variation, and also attitudes to accent and dialect variation. In the first module, we introduce some of the key terms associated with accent and dialect, including 'accent' and 'dialect' themselves, but also 'sociolect' and 'idiolect'. After that, in the second module, we think about the various components that constitute an accent or dialect, which is followed in the third module by a listening exercise. In the fourth module, we explore Multicultural London English (MLE) and Multicultural British English (MBE), before turning in the fifth and sixth modules to consider attitudes to language, particularly in relation to education, employability and public shaming. In the seventh and final module, we introduce the a branch of linguistics called language regard, with a particular focus on perceptual dialectology.


Dr Chris Montgomery is Senior Lecturer in Dialectology at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on non-linguists’ perceptions of language variation, focusing in particular on real-time reactions to regional speech, and especially which features naïve listeners respond to. He is also interested in the wider field of folk linguistics and language attitudes. His recent publications include (as co-editor) Language and a Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region (2017) and Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global Perspectives on Non-Linguists Knowledge of the Dialect Landscape (2016).

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Montgomery, C. (2022, May 06). Accent and Dialect - MLE and MBE [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Montgomery, C. "Accent and Dialect – MLE and MBE." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 06 May 2022,

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