Attitudes to Accent

For Language Paper Two, you need to have a good command of the issues relating to accents, attitudes to accents and accent prejudice. Not only this, but you need to have a good command of different studies relating to accent and different sources you could use to enhance this discussion.

A typical question might be:

“Write an opinion article in which you discuss the issues surrounding people changing their accents. Before writing your article you should state your intended audience.”

Here are some of the sources we read in class, that you could use to help you answer this question. In particular, you should be confident at discussing the Academic research by Labov and Trudgill:

Key Terms you need to know:

  • Accent
  • Dialect
  • Received Pronunciation
  • Standard English
  • Overt and Covert Prestige
  • Divergence
  • Convergence
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