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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: Inaugural Barbara Strang Lecture: Accent prejudice: #us an’ all? by Professor Joan Beal

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Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield - In October 2020, a student from Gateshead hit the headlines with her report on the treatment of students from working-class backgrounds at an elite university. The Guardian reported other students coming forward with accounts of how mockery of their accents and backgrounds had undermined their confidence. Professor Joan Beal outlines the history of accent prejudice in Britain and discusses why it is still a problem in the 21st century.

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