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A Sociolinguistic Perspective on Accent and Social Mobility in the UK Teaching Profession

Donnelly, Michael; Barratta, Alex; Gamsu, Sol

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Michael Donnelly

Alex Barratta



Abstract

A new interdisciplinary approach to understanding the role of accent in relation to intergenerational social mobility is introduced here. Sociological analyses that attend to accent often focus on broader regional distinctions or construct limiting dichotomies of accents, rather than capturing the full variety and range of accents, often found at smaller geographic levels. Drawing on the case of the teaching profession and using qualitative data collected as part of a study of teachers, we illustrate how integrating sociolinguistics into a sociological analysis of social mobility would allow us to combine the micro-geography of class, mobility, and speech to a more granular level. The analytical tools provided by sociolinguistics, outlined here, could push forward work on understanding prospects for, and experiences of, social mobility.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 23, 2019
Publication Date Dec 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 5, 2019
Journal Sociological Research Online
Electronic ISSN 1360-7804
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 496-513
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1360780418816335
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1303805

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Donnelly, Michael, Barratta, Alex & Gamsu, Sol (2019). A Sociolinguistic Perspective on Accent and Social Mobility in the UK Teaching Profession. Sociological Research Online 24(4): 496-513. Copyright © The Author(s) 2018. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.





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