Accent and 'othering' in the workplace

Harrison, Gai (2014). Accent and 'othering' in the workplace. In John M. Levis and Alene Moyer (Ed.), Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (pp. 255-272) Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9781614511762.255

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Author Harrison, Gai
Title of chapter Accent and 'othering' in the workplace
Title of book Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1515/9781614511762.255
Series Trends in Applied Linguistics
ISBN 9781614512288
ISSN 1868-6362
Editor John M. Levis
Alene Moyer
Volume number 10
Chapter number 12
Start page 255
End page 272
Total pages 18
Total chapters 13
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Language is partly constitutive of social identity in that, like other social codes such as dress and behaviour, it puts the self on public display. Lippi-Green (2012) identifies language as not only a salient factor in establishing identity, but also in "advertising our social identities" (p. 3). In particular, the way we speak allows others to place us. Speech factors such as accent and dialect invite judgments about age, class and ethnic background (Edwards, 1976). Evaluating how a person speaks is a way of ascribing social identity, of differentiating 'self' from 'other.' This form of evaluation is particularly pronounced in the labour market, especially in those countries which have sizeable intakes of immigrants but where the majority population is White and speaks English (Creese, 2010).

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Keyword Language & Linguistics
Accent evaluations
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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