Regional accent discrimination in hiring decisions: A language attitude study

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Evidence is presented to support the notion that US regional accents influence decisions in the hiring process. Fifty-six people who hire for a variety of corporations participated in a computerized survey, during which they listened to speakers from regions of the US reading the same passage. Respondents judged the speakers on personal characteristics commonly considered in hiring decisions, attempted to identify the speakers' regions, and selected job categories for each speaker, in addition to providing information about their own linguistic security. Results indicate: 1) judgments based on regional accents strongly correlate to selection of job categories, 2) respondents were not able to identify regional accents correctly, and 3) negative judgments were assigned to the speakers of accents that were correctly identified.

Creator(s): Markley, E. Dianne
Creation Date: August 2000
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2000
  • Digitized: July 6, 2007
Description:

Evidence is presented to support the notion that US regional accents influence decisions in the hiring process. Fifty-six people who hire for a variety of corporations participated in a computerized survey, during which they listened to speakers from regions of the US reading the same passage. Respondents judged the speakers on personal characteristics commonly considered in hiring decisions, attempted to identify the speakers' regions, and selected job categories for each speaker, in addition to providing information about their own linguistic security. Results indicate: 1) judgments based on regional accents strongly correlate to selection of job categories, 2) respondents were not able to identify regional accents correctly, and 3) negative judgments were assigned to the speakers of accents that were correctly identified.

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Level: Master's
Discipline: English
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Keyword(s): discrimination in hiring | regional accent
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UNT Libraries
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  • OCLC: 47357370 |
  • UNTCAT: b2303470 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc2623
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: Markley, E. Dianne
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