Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
© 2017 Alison M Smith
This research examines the relationship between British accents and their stereotypes. It looks specifically at the ratings of British and American subjects for a variety of British regional and standard accents, and examines them in contrast with observed stereotypes about these accents. The purpose of this paper is to compare the reactions of British and American participants in order to understand whether the stereotypes associated with these accents are purely socially constructed by British society, or whether qualities of each accent support these stereotypes. Results found a similar trend in the ratings of both American and British participants, though it is hypothesized that this is due to confounding variables.
Smith, Alison, "U wot m8?: American and British Attitudes toward Regional British Accents" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 1045.