Accent Policy and Accent Modification Enterprises as Potential Indicators of Intercultural Power Relations: A Call for an Updated Research Agenda This article has two purposes: (a) to examine the relationship between intercultural power relations and the widespread practice of accent discrimination and (b) to underscore the ramifications of accent discrimination both for the individual and for global society as a whole. First, authors review social theory regarding language and group ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
Accent Policy and Accent Modification Enterprises as Potential Indicators of Intercultural Power Relations: A Call for an Updated Research Agenda
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  • Brynne D. Ovalle
    Department of Communication Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Rahul Chakraborty
    Department of Communication Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Disclosures: Brynne D. Ovalle and Rahul Chakraborty have no financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interests related to the content of this article.
    Disclosures: Brynne D. Ovalle and Rahul Chakraborty have no financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interests related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   May 01, 2013
Accent Policy and Accent Modification Enterprises as Potential Indicators of Intercultural Power Relations: A Call for an Updated Research Agenda
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 3, 22-33. doi:10.1044/gics3.1.22
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, May 2013, Vol. 3, 22-33. doi:10.1044/gics3.1.22

This article has two purposes: (a) to examine the relationship between intercultural power relations and the widespread practice of accent discrimination and (b) to underscore the ramifications of accent discrimination both for the individual and for global society as a whole. First, authors review social theory regarding language and group identity construction, and then go on to integrate more current studies linking accent bias to sociocultural variables. Authors discuss three examples of intercultural accent discrimination in order to illustrate how this link manifests itself in the broader context of international relations (i.e., how accent discrimination is generated in situations of unequal power) and, using a review of current research, assess the consequences of accent discrimination for the individual. Finally, the article highlights the impact that linguistic discrimination is having on linguistic diversity globally, partially using data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and partially by offering a potential context for interpreting the emergence of practices that seek to reduce or modify speaker accents.

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