Non-Native Accent, Favoritism and the Law

  • Rahul Chakraborty
Keywords: Accent, discrimination, accent modification, bilingualism, second language


Social science has predominantly discussed accent bias against non-native speakers, although not always. In this paper, positive consequences and favoritism of non-native accent will be reviewed along with the legal provision available in the USA to counter accent based discrimination. Specifically, this paper will present how listeners exhibited preferential treatments towards speakers with non-native accent and how some non-native speakers are more immune to negative discrimination. Brief introduction to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will also be presented as a potential legal provision available to employees, students and to anyone if they are discriminated against due to their non-native accent.

Crossing the Border: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 5(2) 2017: 3-14


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Author Biography

Rahul Chakraborty
Dr. Rahul Chakraborty received his bachelor’s degree in Speech Therapy and Audiology and his master’s degree in Linguistics, both from Bombay University, India. He earned a doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2006. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Texas State University, USA. He has taught courses at University of Calcutta, India. His interdisciplinary research interests revolve around physiological evidence of first and second language interaction in adult bilinguals. He is the director of Speech kinematics laboratory at Texas State University, USA.
How to Cite
Chakraborty, R. (2017). Non-Native Accent, Favoritism and the Law. Crossing the Border: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 5(2), 3-14.