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Modern notions of accent-ism: findings, conceptualizations, and implications for interventions and research on nonnative accents

  • Nonnative-accented speakers face prevalent discrimination. The assumption that people freely express negative sentiments toward nonnative speakers has also guided common research methods. However, recent studies did not consistently find downgrading, so that prejudice against nonnative accents might even be questioned at first sight. The present theoretical article will bridge these contradictory findings in three ways: (a) We illustrate that nonnative speakers with foreign accents frequently may not be downgraded in commonly used first-impression and employment scenario paradigms. It appears that relatively controlled responding may be influenced by norms and motivations to respond without prejudice, whereas negative biases emerge in spontaneous responding. (b) We present an integrative view based on knowledge on modern forms of prejudice to develop modern notions of accent-ism, which allow for predictions when accent biases are (not) likely to surface. (c) We conclude with implications for interventions and a tailored research agenda.

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Author:Janin RoesselORCiDGND, Christiane SchoelGND, Dagmar StahlbergORCiDGND
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-116222
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X19884619
ISSN:1552-6526
Parent Title (English):Journal of Language and Social Psychology
Publisher:SAGE
Place of publication:Thousand Oaks
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2020
Date of Publication (online):2023/04/25
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Publicationstate:Zweitveröffentlichung
Publicationstate:Postprint
Reviewstate:Peer-Review
Tag:bias awareness; methods; modern forms of prejudice; motivation to control prejudiced responding; nonnative accents; norms
GND Keyword:Akzent; Bias; Diskriminierung; Methode; Non-native speaker; Soziale Norm; Vorurteil
Volume:39
Issue:1
First Page:87
Last Page:111
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Soziolinguistik
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt