Study considers how accents affect peer interactions

03/10/2014 | Science World Report

Both monolingual and bilingual children surveyed in a recent study generally chose to interact with images of peers who spoke their native language without an accent, according to researchers from Concordia University who studied a group of 44 children. "We show biases early on, so it might be necessary to educate all kids, regardless of their linguistic background, about what an accent is and how it doesn't reflect anything about people other than the fact that they are not speaking their native language," study co-author Krista Byers-Heinlein said.

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