Podcast: Accent Matters: Biolinguistics and Social Identity Dimensions

Diversity in Culture and People as a Concept
Diversity in Culture and People as a Concept

Presented: September 18, 2020 12:00 pm
Presented by: Dr. Tej Bhatia, Ph.D., Dr. Shobha Bhatia, Ph.D.

Accent Matters: Biolinguistics and Social Identity Dimensions

The aim of this podcast is to examine dimensions of accent in terms of the (bio-) linguistic mind/brain and the social mind. Drs. Tej and Shobha Bhatia discuss the silent accent trauma suffered by speakers who speak with “undesirable” foreign or regional accents and experience social exclusion and bullying from native speakers. They also present evidence from neurolinguistic (f-MRI) studies of social pain caused by social exclusion. The discussion is framed particularly in cross-cultural communication through world varieties of the English language and the wide-ranging negative reactions to people who speak English with a foreign or “undesirable” accent.

Link to Podcast here: https://youtu.be/xzIF_yrZk1o

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