Links and further reading

Related projects, media stories and other academic reserach.

What to know more about accent bias? Below are links to other projects that are examining the problem, media coverage of the issue, and the existing academic research and papers that helped inform our work.

Related projects

The Accentism Project, Manchester Metropolitan University

Vocal Fries Podcast, Carrie Gillon & Megan Figueroa

Linguistic Prejudice – Variation and Change in Language: Combatting Linguistic Prejudice Through Knowledge and Understanding Project, University of Sheffield

Accent Pride, University of Manchester

Media stories

How “Sounding White” Helps Get You Ahead—on Film and in Real Life

Why having a regional accent could be holding you back – Sophie Scott on BBC5Live

What does your accent say about you?

Labour MP Angela Rayner: ‘I’m proud of my accent’

Trainee teachers from northern England told to modify their accents

Gerraway with accentism – I’m proud to speak Yorkshire

As a teacher I was told to hide my Midlands accent and speak more ‘BBC’

28% of Britons feel discriminated against due to accent

Accent Bias: How Can We Minimize Discrimination In The Workplace?

Further reading

Alemoru, K. 2015. “You don’t sound like them”: A sociolinguistic investigation into how race interacts with the perception and attitude towards Multicultural London English. Unpublished MA dissertation, University of Sheffield.

Ashley, L., J. Duberley, H. Sommerlad and D. Scholarios. 2015. A qualitative evaluation of non-educational barriers to the elite professions. London: Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Baratta, A. 2015. Standard English but not the standard accent. Paper presented at the Resisting the Standard conference, University of Sheffield.

Bertrand, M. and S. Mullainathan. 2004. Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discrimination. The American Economic Review 94: 991-1013.

Coupland, N. and H. Bishop. 2007. Ideologised values for British accents. Journal of Sociolinguistics 11: 74-93.

Giles, H., S. Baker and G. Fielding. 1975. Communication length as a behavioural index of accent prejudice. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 6: 73-81.

Giles, H.; P. Wilson and A. Conway. 1981. Accent and lexical diversity as determinants of impression formation and perceived employment suitability. Language Sciences 3 (1): 91-103.

Heath, A. and S. Y. Cheung. 2006. Ethnic penalties in the labour market: Employers and discrimination. Department for Work and Pensions.

Hiraga, Y. 2005. British attitudes towards six varieties of English in the USA and Britain. World Englishes 24: 289-308.

Kalin, R.; D.S. Rayko; N. Love. 1980. The perception and evaluation of job candidates with four different ethnic accents. In H. Giles; W. P. Robinson and P. M. Smith (eds), Language: Social Psychology Perspectives. Oxford: Pergamon.

Lambert, W., R. C. Hodgson, R. C. Gardener, and S. Fillenbaum. 1960. Evaluational reactions to spoken languages. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 60: 44-51.

Lippi-Green, R. 1997. English with an accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States. London: Routledge

Mugglestone, L. 1995. Talking proper: The rise of accent as social symbol. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Tombs, A. and S. Rao Hill. 2014. The effect of service employees’ accent on customer reactions. European Journal of Marketing 48: 2051-2070.

Wang, Z., A. Arndt, S. Singh, and M. Biernat. 2009. The Impact of Accent Stereotypes on Service Outcomes and Its Boundary Conditions. Advances in Consumer Research 36: 940-941.

Watson, K. and L. Clark. 2015. Exploring listeners’ real-time reactions to regional accents. Language Awareness 24: 38-59.

Wood, M.; J. Hales; S. Purdon; T. Sejersen and O. Hayllar. 2009. A test for racial discrimination in recruitment practice in British cities. Natcen, Department for Work and Pensions.