Discrimination widespread against those with foreign accents

Published By: 
The Montreal Gazette
Published Date: 
2010, May 15
Article Excerpt: 

In an age when it's socially unacceptable to pass judgment based on culture or skin colour, discrimination is widespread against people who speak English or other vernacular languages with a foreign accent, new research suggests.

"In general, accents that are from Asian countries and accents that are from Central America and South America in the U.S. are perceived more negatively, and Canada as well," says Agata Gluszek, a PhD candidate at Yale University.