How 'accentism' prevails in the UK publishing industryHow 'accentism' prevails in the UK publishing industry
on Jul 22, 2021 Regional accents can prove a professional hindrance for some people in the UK, especially in the publishing industry, it seems. A new study highlights the discrimination faced by some professionals because of the way they speak. Some find them charming, while others deride them. Either way, accents can often be a hindrance in the publishing industry, according to a report from Spare Room Project. The organization surveyed more than 350 industry professionals about the prejudices they face because of their regional accents. It turns out that the majority (56.8%) feel the need to alter their accent to better integrate or to be taken more seriously -- a tiring but necessary intellectual exercise. Almost two thirds of respondents (67.2%) say that their colleagues behave differently with them because of the way they speak. I've had my accent mimicked in meetings by colleagues who don't realize that might offend, recalls one of the study participants.
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