30 Minute Talks on Research: "Speak properly!”

"Speak properly!”: investigating accent bias and who it disadvantages in South-East England

  • Wed 23 Feb 22

    13:30 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Amanda Cole

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Contact details

    Claire Hudson

In this talk, we will look at language attitudes and ideologies, how they emerge and how they affect society. I’ll discuss my recent research project, investigating how people are judged based only on their accent in South East England. Results show that people who are working-class, from an ethnic minority speakers and/or from London or Essex are evaluated most negatively based on their accent, particularly as less intelligent. In this talk, I will dismantle popular ideas that there is a correct or proper way of speaking English and we’ll see how these ideas can create and maintain inequalities.

This talk will follow Change agent roles: Insights from three case studies of hospital transformations at 1pm with Dr Danielle A Tucker from Essex Business School

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A lecture being held in the Ivor Crewe building, University of Essex, with students listening.
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