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Episode 4: Linguists as agents of change

linglab February 4, 2021 692 91 3


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 In this fourth episode, we discuss the ways in which linguists can raise awareness about the effects of language bias. My guest is Professor Devyani Sharma, recently together colleagues in Queen Mary and University of York investigated the effect of accents in hiring decisions. Her research focuses broadly on language and contact situations especially looking at English dialects and how they develop and change. We discussed why linguists can act as agents of change and also use their expertise to analyse interactions and pinpoint area’s that might be working against certain people without an organisation’s knowledge.

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