ENGL 112 Lecture Notes - Hawaiian Pidgin, Tesol Quarterly
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The Role of Regional Accents in Influencing Expert Teaching Positions
Delph-Januriek’s article Sounding Gender(ed): Vocal Performances in English University Teaching
Spaces, states that “accents denoted as ‘ethnic’ may be taken as prime markers of ‘racial otherness’,
undermining ‘expert’ status in some teaching room situations…but enhancing it in others”(266). The
article also states that accents may also cause “strong feelings of isolation and loss of confidence
because [the speakers] felt their voices…marked them as inferior” yet “’expert’ status sometimes might
be conferred on voices that have local accents, working to authenticate those speaking from a ‘working
class’ perspective or talking about the lives of those less privileged”(266). However, Delph-Januriek’s
article only talks about universities in England and no other parts of the world. Are other universities
influenced by the trend that Delph-Januriek suggests in his article in parts of the world that have more
This paper will see whether or not Delph-Januriek’s claim was correct or not in an American
university based on the type of accent students would prefer their teachers to have. The degree of
superiority, dynamism, and quality of Hawaiian Creole and Standard English will be contrasted in the
University of Hawaii with a group of 197 undergraduate students with a mean age of around 24. The
study, conducted by Ohama and her colleagues, is done using tape recordings of readings done in
Hawaiian Creole and Standard English
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Speakers." Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 24 (2004): 187-208.
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