26 Mar 2024

Accent discrimination: why we judge people by the way they speak

From Nine To Noon, 10:05 am on 26 March 2024
Rob Drummond, author of "You're all Talk"

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Why do some people say 'tomayto' and others say 'tomahto'? Where do different accents come from and why? And why is it that we make judgements about people from they way they talk?

Dr Rob Drummond is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University. His book is called You're All Talk : why we are what we speak

He talks with Kathryn Ryan about his research into stereotypes associated with accents.