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Accent Bias

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Dominic Watt (University of York) explores the concept of accent bias – the idea that some accents are considered 'better' or 'more correct' than others. In the first module, we think about what we mean when we talk about accents, and how they differ from dialects. In the second module, we introduce the concept of accent prescriptivism – the idea that there is a 'correct' way to pronounce certain words – before turning in the third module to look at the Accent Bias in Britain project. In the fourth and final module, we think about some of the steps that could be taken to reduce accent discrimination in Britain.

About the Lecturer

Dr Dominic Watt is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science at the University of York. He has published around forty articles on phonetics, sociolinguistics and language variation and change, is co-author with Arthur Hughes and Peter Trudgill of English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles (2012), and co-editor (with Carmen Llamas) of Language and Identities (2010) and Language, Borders and Identity (2015).

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