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Sharp Scratch episode 85: everyone has an accent

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 23 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2819
  1. Charlotte Rose, editorial scholar, The BMJ
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In the latest episode of Sharp Scratch, we talked about how our accents and dialects may change throughout our time at university. This week, I was joined by panellists Judy and Kayode as we found out what the terms accent and dialect mean, and how they differ from one another.

Accents and dialects are influenced by race, gender, and class, among other things. They change frequently depending on where we are, who we are with, and even what we are trying to get out of any given interaction. But why does this happen? Do we gravitate towards a certain accent to fit in? This week, we examined the judgment that can arise when you speak in a “different” accent from what …

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