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The Story of Accent and Identity | Manchester

The Story of Accent and Identity | Manchester

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  •  Manchester, M4 3TR
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Dr Rob Drummond is a senior lecturer in linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University and head of youth language at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. He specialises... More Info »
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Accent and identity

Language and identity are inextricably linked. The way we use language in all the different aspects of our lives plays a crucial role in who we are and how we are perceived by others. In speech, we all have an accent – a particular way of speaking that can signal to others information about where we are from, where we live now, our age, our level of education, our social class, our gender, even perhaps our sexuality. This information isn’t always reliable, and it isn’t always accurately interpreted, but it is definitely always perceived at some level.

In this talk, Dr Rob Drummond explores that link between language and identity. He looks at the rich diversity of regional accents in the UK, considering how they came about, and how they are changing. He unpacks and challenges some of the stereotypes around particular ways of speaking, and asks whether there is such a thing as linguistic prejudice.

Rob then examines the idea of what it means to ‘speak properly’, with a focus on the language of young people who are, according to some strands of mainstream media ‘talking their way into unemployment’. He investigates the belief that English is deteriorating in the hands of the younger generation, and considers where it will all end.

Venue: Banyan, Northern Quarter

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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Accent and identity Language and identity are inextricably linked. The way we use language in all the different aspects of our lives plays a crucial role in who we are and how we are perceived by others. In speech, we all have an accent – a ... Read More
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