Regional Accent Discrimination in Hiring Decisions: A Language Attitude Study Metadata

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  • Main Title Regional Accent Discrimination in Hiring Decisions: A Language Attitude Study


  • Author: Markley, E. Dianne
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Cukor-Avila, Patricia
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Becker, Jack D.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Ross, John Robert
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2000-08


  • English


  • Content 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.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: English language -- United States -- Pronunciation.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Employee selection.
  • Keyword: discrimination in hiring
  • Keyword: regional accent


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Markley, E. Dianne
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 47357370
  • UNT Catalog No.: b2303470
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc2623


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: English
  • Academic Department: Department of English
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas