Embracing Linguistic Diversity

Accented Racism at Work Invited talk by Dr Vijay Ramjattan (University of Toronto) Discussions about accent and racism in the workplace typically concern the employment discrimination faced by racialized jobseekers with non-standardized accents. The purpose of this talk is to go beyond these discussions by considering the many ways in which accent sustains different forms…
A live talk followed by a Q and A session investigating accent bias in the workplace. Accent is one of the most salient signals of social background in Britain, yet its role in impeding social mobility and professional advancement remains under-examined. In this talk, Professor Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London) will introduce the problem of accent-based…
Linguistic diversity can be the source of implicit bias: often without realising it, we judge others based on how we interpret their accent, their use of regional language traits, their choice of vocabulary.  On Friday 23rd of April (11:00-13:30), CELT and Language@Leeds are hosting an event to shed light on linguistic diversity from multiple points…