|AP Human Geography||
•8 in 10 employers admit to making discriminating decisions based on regional accents.
•1 in 5 Brits alter their accents to get a job or to impress on a date.
•28% of Brits feel discriminated against because of the way they speak.
I was shocked reading these statistics! Especially the first one about 80% of employers judging people on their accents. This perfectly shows an example where your regional dialect can affect you!!! Job opportunities are super important and it's a real bummer to know that you might not be getting that job just because of the way you speak.
A quote from this video I liked was from a kid who goes to a school that is teaching these students the proper way to talk and preparing them for the work place. He said, "If you're going to get interviewed by a job that involves writing, they're going to think your not qualified by the way you speak."
I came across this ted talk explaining how your language can affect your ability to save money. It was featuring Keith Chen who is an economist that discovered a fascinating pattern between languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate strongly with high savings rates. I decided to email him asking if he thinks this research would also work for certain dialects being able to save/make more money then others.
Still no response ☹. If i had to make an educated guess... I do believe that this research would work also work for certain dialects. If there is a relationship between certain languages saving more/less money than others, I think it would also break down all the way to certain dialects also saving more/less than others.
While I was doing some research, I came across some things that caught my eye. One of these was an article which said, "An accent can misrepresent you, and possibly even hurt your chances of getting hired." I believe this statement is true. It also goes along with a later sentence which said, "TV and film create stereotypes via the characters they produce, their accents create perceptions." People have received ideas of certain dialects which affects theirs decisions. I think this comes into play a lot with hiring situations. If people are getting judged just by their regional dialects, think about trying to get hired talking with ebonics! "Ebonics legitimize poor communication skills and hinder the academic/career potential of blacks."
I made this picture to represent a situation where Ebonics can affect your future. It shows a person getting interviewed speaking Ebonics and getting turned down just from the way he speaks.
This video was a discussion about why Ebonics should not be taught in school. The guy in the video referred to Ebonics as being associated with failure. When the other guy was speaking in slang and asked the host what he had just said, the host said, "You know what you just said to me? Don't hire me!" This perfectly shows why ebonics should not be taught in schools. It may help them with their tests, but as the host said in the video, "A test is not a job."
This would be connected to AP Human Geography through Chapter 5, Language. This chapter explains what a language is and throughly defines the definition of dialect (regional variation of a language distinguished distinctive vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation) and Ebonics (Africian American dialect).
Why i chose this topic?
I chose this topic because I have always been fascinated by languages. I think it's awesome that there are so many languages and dialects out there in this world. For my research question, I chose, "How can dialects/ebonics affect your future?" This has always been a question of mine. What shocked me the most is that it is true, there is discrimination out there just from the way you speak! One of the things that shocked me was the statistic that 8 in 10 employers admit to making discriminating decisions based on regional accents.
Dathan, Matt. "Does Your Accent Really Hinder Your Job Prospects?" The Guardian. The Guardian, 22 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://careers.theguardian.com/accent-hinder-job-prospects#start-of-comments>.
O'Donnell, J.T. "Is Your Accent Hurting Your Professional Credibility?"CAREEREALISM. CAREEREALISM, 1 July 2013. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.careerealism.com/wicked-smaht-accent-hurting-your-professional-credibility/#!RbRL5>.
Thornton, D.C. "Ebonics In The Classroom: Bad Idea." D.C. Thornton. D.C. Thornton, 28 May 2002. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.dcthornton.com/2002/05/28/ebonics-in-the-classroom-bad-idea/>.
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