Edited by Gaëlle Planchenault and Livia Poljak
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 327] 2021
► pp. 141–162
This paper addresses accent preference in the context of UK teaching. From this, there are instances of trainee teachers being told to reduce their accents. The views of 32 teachers were collected and the paper focuses on two specific points. First, it is not the sounds per se that characterise accents in terms of positive or negative evaluations; rather, it is the societal connotations. Second, it is not merely regional accents as such that are targeted for reduction but instead, more broad realisations of such accents. Thus, in the context of teaching, notions of professionalism are sometimes understood differently between teachers and mentors when viewed from a linguistic perspective, with broad accents often the target for change.