Related research

Below are links to academic studies on accentism and linguistic discrimination more generally. They investigate language-based judgements in legal, institutional, and educational contexts, as well as in language-learning settings themselves. In many cases, the studies emphasise the fact that language can be used as a vehicle for making racial and other social judgements. Some articles require institutional access through a university. Please contact us if you don’t have access to something you need.


The Journal of Language and Discrimination


Accent Bias Britain


Sounding Strange(r): Origins, Consequences, and Boundary Conditions of Sociophonetic Discrimination (2019)

Modern Notions of Accent-ism: Findings, Conceptualizations, and Implications for Interventions and Research on Nonnative Accents (2019)

Implicit-explicit attitudinal discrepancy and the investigation of language attitude change in progress (2018)

Accent and linguistic prejudice within British teacher training (2017)

The effect of foreign accent on employability: A study of the aural dimensions of aesthetic labour in customer-facing and non-customer-facing jobs (2016)

The effects of accent, differentiation, and stigmatization on spokesperson credibility in radio advertising (2016)

‘You lost me at hello’: How and when accent-based biases are expressed and suppressed (2013)

The effects of foreign accents on employment-related decisions (2010)

Why don’t we believe non-native speakers? The influence of accent on credibility (2010)

Speaking with a nonnative accent: Perceptions of bias, communication difficulties, and belonging in the United States (2010)

Salient accents, covert attitudes: Consciousness-raising for pre-service second language teachers (2006)

Accents of guilt?: Effects of regional accent, race, and crime type on attributions of guilt (2002)

Race and the identity of the nonnative ESL teacher (1997)

Accent discrimination and the Test of Spoken English: A call for an objective assessment of the comprehensibility of nonnative speakers (1993)

Voices of America: Accent, antidiscrimination law, and a jurisprudence for the last reconstruction (1991)