What is it about?

There is much accent diversity in the United Kingdom, with some accents perceived more favourably than others. This paper explores the implications for certain accents - here, Lancashire, West Midlands and London - in the teaching profession.

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Why is it important?

This is important as my research fills a gap - namely, the implications for accent diversity and equality in the British teaching profession. We celebrate diversity and champion equality in society, yet we have little information on this from a linguistic-based perspective, especially accent. Given that language is a proxy for categories such as race and class, then more work is needed.

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Accent is an accessible subject for everyone, not just linguists, so I think the paper will be an easy read. It essentially addresses the question, 'are all accents created equal in British teaching?'

Alex Baratta
University of Manchester

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This page is a summary of: Accent and Linguistic Prejudice within British Teacher Training, Journal of Language Identity & Education, October 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2017.1359608.
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