New York Times
A failure to communicate
August 27th, 2010
ZERE ees a reason ze villain alvays speaks like zees. But it may not be the reason you think. A new study says distrust of those who speak with a foreign accent goes beyond common xenophobia. Apparently, when we don’t understand what someone’s saying, we lose confidence in the speaker altogether...
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The truth behind thick accents: Foreigners judged less truthful
July 28th, 2010
Igor walks into the employment office and is interviewed by that most unlikely human, a person who has no prejudice against others who are somehow different. But Igor has a heavy accent and his words are hard to understand as he tries to convince the interviewer that he's not the Igor identified in the morning newspaper as the thief who was just released from state prison...
Daily Mail - Why foreign accents make speakers seem less honest (...it's just too hard for us to try to understand)
Why foreign accents make speakers seem less honest (...it's just too hard for us to try to understand)
July 21st, 2010
A foreign accent makes a person seem less honest, researchers have found.
Listeners are less likely to regard what the speaker says as truthful, and the problem increases with the strength of the accent, according to a study from the University of Chicago...
Why the brain doubts a foreign accent
July 21st, 2010
Pity the poor, forlorn foreign graduate teaching assistant at an American university – far from home and family, living on a meager stipend, cramming by day and grading by night, fielding questions from undergraduates like “Do people wear regular clothes in your country?” or “Are any of your relatives terrorists?”...
Study: Americans with accents judged less credible than native speakers
July 20th, 2010
For the 24.5 million Americans who told the Census Bureau in 2007 that they spoke English less than "very well," it may not be their imagination that people don't take what they say quite as seriously as they do native English speakers. Researchers in Chicago have shown that people with a noticeable accent are considered less credible than those with no accent.