Pronounced regional accents can be a barrier to career progress and social mobility, as they are perceived negatively by some people.

Research by academics from Manchester and Bath universities, focusing on the teaching profession, has found that “broad” rather than the “neutral” regional accents now often heard on television (as opposed to previous eras when only Queen’s English was heard), are often still frowned upon and led to premature judgments about people.

This perception of broadness is partly based on reduced forms of speech, the study suggests. For example, the word Saturday said with a broad Mancunian accent can sound more like “sa-di”.

 

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