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The Perceived Role of Accent in Micro-Level Linguicism
Linguistic Issues in Multicultural Contexts (2011)
  • Shinya Uekusa
This paper qualitatively explores the perceived role of accent in micro-level linguicism through the perspectives of linguistic minority groups and individuals. Although accent in English is technically a result of the difference in phonetic systems among different languages, accent associates with linguicism in the daily lives of non-native speakers in the United States. The data was drawn from part of a large study that involved in-depth interviews with 15 non-native speakers of English (linguistic minority individuals including Japanese and Spanish speakers) in San Diego. Respondents perceived that, in some cases, they were oppressed due to the intensity of their accent, and this oppression sometimes occurred in interpersonal communications in tandem with other factors such as race, nationality and physical appearance. In some cases, discrimination directed against accent was also used to justify racism or other discrimination. Some respondents took advantage of the perceived connections between accent and race, nationality or physical appearance and used accent as a positive identity marker. Regardless of whether accent was associated with positive or negative features, the frustration, anger and inferiority that respondents felt due to accent discrimination in interpersonal communications with native speakers were evident, demonstrating that oppression was internalized to a certain extent
  • Linguicism,
  • Accent,
  • Linguistic Minority
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Norsimah Mat Awal, Harishon Radzi, Fazal Mohamed Mohamed Sultan & Nor Fariza Mohd. Nor
Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Citation Information
Shinya Uekusa. "The Perceived Role of Accent in Micro-Level Linguicism" SerdangLinguistic Issues in Multicultural Contexts (2011)
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