Identity and prejudice

Accent and dialect can play an important role in the way we identify ourselves and others. Our speech gives clues as to where we come from - geographically, culturally and socially.

People have always spoken English in a variety of ways. The way that we speak makes an instant impression on others. We make judgments based on what we hear, and we often come to conclusions that may not be entirely accurate.

Look at the sources and think about your attitudes to those that speak differently.

  • Do you judge people on the way that they speak before you have heard what they are saying?
  • How might others react to the way that you speak?


Pygmalion - preface

Pygmalion - the flower girl

Fraffly Strine Everything

It So Happen (text extract)

A Kestrel for a Knave (text extract)

Lark Rise