Friday, February 03, 2006

Linguistic profiling

Most of us are aware that people make snap judgements about us based on regional accents - artcles here and here from this blog give a few more details - but more worrying is this research by an American linguist that suggests people are making assumptions about us based on our ethnic accents (i.e. if you're African-American you'll be turned down for a loan; if you're Mexican-American you'll be assumed to be an illegal immigrant etc.).

Do we make the same assumptions here too, or are so many "urban" accents converging that we can't tell who's black and white, Bangladeshi or Turkish anymore?

Useful for:
ENA5 - Language Change & Varieties

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