The role of accent in the construction of teacher identity in Britain

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Release date: 30/6/2017

Description

My current research looks at the role that accent plays in the construction of an 'appropriate' teacher identity in Britain. My research to date reveals that those with regional/local accents are told by mentors to modify their accents during teacher training; those with accents tied to the Home Counties, however, are not. This potentially reveals issues of accentism, or at least notions of what is considered 'proper' in the context of a teacher's speaking voice. I have been published in Pragmatics and Society, with further articles being considered for publication and a book hopefully in the works with Bloomsbury Publishing (2017).

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TitleThe role of accent in the construction of teacher identity in Britain
Date30/06/17
PersonsAlexander Baratta