ACCENT & DIALECT study table

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Why dialect Paul Kerswill "Josie was amongst the most aspirational pupils... but her speech The findings from studying Josie and Penny shows that speech
discrimination is Lancashire Study pattern was more similar to that of the bottom 10... home culture score doesn't have to effect aspirations. Both girls showed their
of 58%... she works hard in class and wants to be lawyer when she accents but clearly had high aspirations for themselves.
unwise. 2008
completes university."
Perhaps this could show that parents' occupation doesn't
A study taken in 3 "[Penny] scored 93% on the aspiration index but maintains a range of affect a child's aspiration.
Lancashire Schools. localised speech features... Her parents do not have professional jobs...
Looking for her parents place a high value on education... Penny was one of the
most fluent and articulate speakers in the study and her presentations Children are more exposed to the desire to fit in and look/be
h-dropping, popular, this is why children often change their accents as a
were original and thoughtful.
th-fronting, and way of fitting in. Some children may speak with more of an
t-glottaling. accent to fit around their friendship group, or even change their
Of the top 10 pupils on the aspiration rank, 8 of them have parents with natural accent. Perhaps Penny is consciously projecting the
professional occupations. accent in order to fit around her class mates, despite the fact
that she might not speak that way around her parents who have
professional jobs.
9 of the of the top 10 pupils have parents with at atlas one university
degree between them while in the bottom 10, the figure is 4.
Pupils in the top 10 only named broadsheet newspapers (like The Times
or The Guardian ). The bottom 10 pupils named tabloids (such as The
Sun or The Mirror).
Middle-class pupils are more likely to be taken to museums an theatres
which are pro-educational. Working-class pupils typically have lower
levels of resources that aid educational success . Pupils from working
class backgrounds are much more likely to feel they have no secure
future to risk through educational failure and more likely to have negative
memories of their own school days
BBC Breakfast The Mirror - 2014 "'I'm sorry about your terrible affliction. Here's £20 towards correction This shows explicit evidence of the stigmas surrounding
presenter Steph By Mieka Smiles therapy'.' accents. Steph McGovern seems to have bravely battled
McGovern sent the prejudice that her own accent has caused.
£20 by viewer to Steph McGovern `"I think people tend to underestimate you when you have a Northern
correct her accent, for instance if you have to talk to the CEO of an international
was born in company," she added in an interview with the Daily Express.'
Despite the struggle, she has still managed to achieve
'terrible' northern Middlesbrough. success as she is now a Prime Time News Reader.

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`I remember at the end of one BBC job interview being told by the In fact, she may be bringing prestige down for News
manager `I didn't realise people like you were clever'.' Reader accents.…read more

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More or Less Dr Kevin Watson `2001, the Daily Mail reported that Scouse... was disappearing' Watson discussed the idea that supralocal features are
Scouse - becoming more distinctive. Where accents used to be more
enclosed in to regions due to less travelling, the modern day
Language English & Media `[2010] the Sunday Times ran an article with the following headline: enables certain accent features to be moved around and to
change on Centre Article, 2010.…read more

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