Academic talks

Reports and presentations on our research with associated documents, slideshows and posters.

Full project report

In 2020, we published the full ‘Accent Bias in Britain’ project report. The report details the rationale for our study, our methodology, and the main findings of our analyses. You can access the report in .pdf format by clicking here.

Presentations and slides

The role of subjective perceptions of UK regional and social accents in access to elite professions. Paper presented at Urban Futures: Workshop on Language-Based Discrimination, University of Sheffield, October 2018. 

Accent bias and perceptions of professional competence in the UK. Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) 12, Fryske Academy, Leeuwarden. June 2019. Slides (2mb)

Inter-speaker variation and the evaluation of British English accents in employment contexts. Paper presented at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Melbourne, August 2019. Slides (1mb) Article (183kb)

The effect of accent on judgments of professional competence. Poster presented at United Kingdom Language Variation and Change (UKLVC) 10, Queen Mary University of London. September 2019. Poster (1mb) 

Real-time evaluations of accent and professional competence. Paper presented at Experimental Approaches to Perception and Production (ExAPP), University of Münster, September 2019. Slides (1mb) 

Accent Bias and Judgments of Professional Competence: A Comparison of Laypeople and Trained Recruiters. Poster presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 48, University of Oregon, October 2019. Poster (813kb) 

Attitudes to accents in Britain: Ideologies, phonetic detail and the reproduction of accent bias. Paper to be presented at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 2020. Slides (2mb)