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    Is accent and prejudice a direct equation?

    I mean, do the two go always together? I have read in an article that every accent in England is associated with stereotypes or habits of a specific region.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is accent and prejudice a direct equation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel2P View Post
    I mean, do the two go always together? I have read in an article that every accent in England is associated with stereotypes or habits of a specific region.

    Thanks.
    The proposition is that any group of people who speak with a distinctive accent will also differ in some other way from people not in the group. This is very likely on a statistical basis. But not everyone with accent A will have attribute X which is strongly linked with accent A, unless there's a 100% correlation.
    If you simply assume that someone with accent A has attribute X, that is prejudice (unless there is the 100% correlation). Such prejudice is not always a bad thing, as long as one understands that they are prejudging simply to make the world easier to understand.
    (I might offer a person with a British accent a cup of tea rather than coffee. That might offend some people, but it's an opening gambit.) It's the sentiments behind stereotypes that make them useful or evil, in my opinion.

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