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Accent expansion, not accent modification: An important shift in terminology

Challenging linguistic biases within ourselves and our profession requires increased awareness and change in wording.

January 5, 2022

Linguistic human rights are the right to your own language—to be educated in your own language, to have your language respected, and to choose to learn another language. Every individual speaks a dialect and has an accent. Accents provide information about where you are from and provide a source of pride and culture.


Linguicism is a bias against particular language varieties, accents, speech dysfluencies, and nonmainstream grammar…

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