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Effect of accent and dialect on employability

Effect of accent and dialect on employability This study was designed to determine how ethnicity, the amount of perceived accent or dialect, and comprehensibility affect a speaker's employability. Sixty human resource specialists judged 3 female potential applicants. The applicants represented speakers of Spanish‐influenced English, Asian‐influenced English, and African American Vernacular English. When the speaker's perceived accent or dialect was minimal, perceived ethnicity did not affect employability. However, all speakers with maximally perceived accents or dialects were given a lower employability rating. Thus, speakers with a maximally perceived accent or dialect should consider accent or dialectal modification if their comprehensibility or prospective employability is compromised. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Employment Counseling Wiley

Effect of accent and dialect on employability

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
2006 American Counseling Association
ISSN
0022-0787
eISSN
2161-1920
DOI
10.1002/j.2161-1920.2006.tb00008.x
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Abstract

This study was designed to determine how ethnicity, the amount of perceived accent or dialect, and comprehensibility affect a speaker's employability. Sixty human resource specialists judged 3 female potential applicants. The applicants represented speakers of Spanish‐influenced English, Asian‐influenced English, and African American Vernacular English. When the speaker's perceived accent or dialect was minimal, perceived ethnicity did not affect employability. However, all speakers with maximally perceived accents or dialects were given a lower employability rating. Thus, speakers with a maximally perceived accent or dialect should consider accent or dialectal modification if their comprehensibility or prospective employability is compromised.

Journal

Journal of Employment CounselingWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2006

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