such as your regional origins, class background, education and any other relevant social
aspect of your upbringing and life journey? Well, you should be!
The purpose of this website, however, is not just to celebrate the diversity of British accents. Rather, it goes further, by discussing what the implications might be when other people don’t like our accent. All too often, the results of such linguistic prejudice – accentism – are negative stereotypical notions about the speaker, based solely on his/her accent, such as: ‘she’s thick’, ‘he’s a thief’, ‘they’re working class’, ‘he’s a snob’; ‘she’s a WAG’, ‘he’s common’, ‘she’s arrogant’ and so on. This often leads to individuals feeling the need to consciously modify their natural accent, which in turn can lead to a feeling of not being true to oneself.
I would be interested in hearing from the British public (and anybody else) on this matter in terms of if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of accentism in any way, shape or form, or merely felt that you have.
Your voices need to be heard!
Please contact me if you want me to visit your organisation to give a talk on this subject: email@example.com
Also, here is the link to my upcoming book with Bloomsbury, Accent and Teacher Identity in Britain (2008):