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dc.contributor.authorDovchin, Sender
dc.contributor.authorDryden, Stephanie
dc.identifier.citationDovchin, S. and Dryden, S. 2022. Unequal English accents, covert accentism and EAL migrants in Australia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 2022 (277): pp. 33-46.

Accentism refers to the ways that "unequal English accents"become re-allocated in particular English-speaking dominant contexts, creating different presumptions, ideologies and attitudes towards the English accent and pronunciation of English speakers. Using data derived from two larger ethnographic studies, this article aims to explore the ways that English as an Additional Language (EAL) migrants experience covert accentism - the social exclusion caused covertly when the dominant members of society misunderstand the accents of EAL users. Our study shows that EAL users express their worry of being stereotyped for their English accents, which interferes with their social and daily life. In particular, the participants noted forms of social exclusion such as a lack of interest in them or their experiences, and deficit perspectives surrounding their overall English practices including their accents. We conclude that such instances of covert accentism can lead to more serious implications, such as having difficulty fostering relationships with members of the dominant society, accent bullying, and psychological damage.

dc.titleUnequal English accents, covert accentism and EAL migrants in Australia
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleInternational Journal of the Sociology of Language
curtin.departmentSchool of Education
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available
curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities
curtin.contributor.orcidDovchin, Sender [0000-0003-4327-7096]
curtin.contributor.orcidDryden, Stephanie [0000-0001-6765-7005]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridDovchin, Sender [55353937400]

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