Dialects make the man/woman in UK

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 14 03:04:47 UTC 2007


Parents discourage local accents
The Press Assoc. - Thursday, December 13 10:03 am

More than half of British parents discourage their children from speaking with their local accent for fear of harming their life chances, according to a survey.  The research showed 51% actively discouraged their youngsters from using an accent while 33% encouraged them to speak "the Queen's English".

The firm Combined Insurance asked a sample of more than 2,300 parents about the importance of keeping local accents and how this impacts on the community.  The respondents were asked whether they would encourage their children to speak with their region's local accent and what impact they thought this would have on their child's future.  They also indicated which accent they would most like their child to speak with.

One in five (20%) parents were worried their children might find it harder to get a well-paid job if they spoke in their local accent and more than one in six (17%) thought their child would be perceived to have a lower level of intelligence.  Almost one in 10 (8%) feared local accents would mean they would not be taken seriously in life.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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