Accent and Teacher Identity in Britain: Linguistic Favouritism and Imposed Identities

Author:   Alex Baratta (University of Manchester, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781350134652


Pages:   216
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
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Accent and Teacher Identity in Britain: Linguistic Favouritism and Imposed Identities


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In British society, we celebrate diversity and champion equality across many areas, such as race and religion. However, where do British accents stand? Do notions such as 'common' or 'posh' still exist regarding certain accents, to the extent that people are deemed fit, or not, for certain professions, despite their qualifications? Accent and Teacher Identity in Britain explores these questions and Alex Baratta's research shows that those with accents regional to the North and Midlands are most likely to be told by mentors and senior staff to essentially sound less regional, whereas those from the Home Counties are less likely to be given instructions to change their accent at all. Baratta investigates the notion of linguistic power, in terms of which accents appear to be favoured within the context of teacher training and from the perspective of teachers who feel they lack power in the construction of their linguistic teacher identity. He also questions modifying one's accent to meet someone else's standard for what is 'linguistically appropriate', in terms of how such a modified accent impact on personal identity. Is accent modification regarded by the individual neutrally or is it seen as 'selling out'?

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Author:   Alex Baratta (University of Manchester, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Weight:   0.313kg
ISBN:  

9781350134652


ISBN 10:   1350134651
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Personal and Professional Identities in the Teaching Profession 2. Accents in Britain and Linguistic Prejudice 3. Methodological Approach 4. Acceptance of Modification of Language 5. Aspiring to a Personally Idealised Teacher Identity 6. Abandoning the Personal Identity by Request 7. Concluding Thoughts and the Need for Standard Accents References Index

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In this original work, Alex Baratta has contributed significantly to sociolinguistic understandings of accent and its relationship to teacher identity. He does this through a careful and comprehensive review of the literature, which both locates and informs the research on which the book is grounded. I would recommend this to any academic or student whose research intersects with accent, regional and class identities and the self-perceptions of teachers. * David Hyatt, Lecturer in Education, University of Sheffield, UK * This refreshing book raises some fundamental issues: the crucial importance of sociolinguistic reflexivity in teacher training, and the delicate play of accent inequalities affecting not just learners but teachers as well. Both are urgent and pressing educational matters; both remain largely unaddressed in scholarship and policy. Baratta breaks ground by bringing them up as relevant topics for debate. * Jan Blommaert, Professor of Language, Culture and Globalization, Tilburg University, The Netherlands *


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Alex Baratta is Lecturer in the English Language for Education programme at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK.

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