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Accent, dialect and Gender bias.

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Accent Accent is a distinctive way of pronouncing words and is usually determined by the person's regional or cultural background or native language. Some accents are seen to be very aggressive, for example, the Glaswegian accent. Some other accents give the impression that the person is a bit slow for example, the Cornish accent. There are many different accents in Britain alone. Accents can change within a very small distance for example, in the midlands the Birmingham accent is very different from the Stoke accent. By listening to somebody's accent you can normally tell which part of the country they come from. Advertisements use accents in different ways depending on what they are trying to sell. For example, when a company is trying to sell a designer perfume they are not very likely to use a woman with a strong Glaswegian accent who sounds aggressive. ...read more.

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(Class notes) Gender Bias Women are thought to have soft and feminine voices while men's tones are thought to be deep and masculine. Very stereotypical. When women are together in a group their voices are supposed to take on a shrill or cackling tone. Women's tones are often thought to be like that of a child's, whining or nagging. Men should have gruff, hard and even harsh voices. Men should speak roughly. However, this is not always the case. Homosexual men are supposed to have very feminine voices but this is not always the case either. Women are thought to use words like, adorable, cute, lovely and sweet when describing people or objects while men use stronger words like 'nice'. Women tend to be able to speak about their emotions and feelings more freely than men, but men are thought to use obscene and blasphemous language more often than women do. ...read more.

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For example, postman, milkman, fireman and even ombudsman. (www.planetpapers.com) In the sporting world commentators tend to refer to football and rugby as men's sport and refer to the players as young men or just men. In sports that are thought to be fine to include women, for example tennis, the commentators refer to the women as girls. It seems as though it is expectable to refer to women as girls but not men as boys. (www.fair.org) Up until recently, before political correctness became a big thing, even children's programmes on television contained gender bias. For example Thomas the tank engine. All the engines, including the bus and helicopter, were male but the coaches behind the engines were female. In captain pugwash all the pirates were male. More recently was Bob the builder where the woman, Wendy, sat in the office all day typing and answering the telephone and looking after Bob when he was ill. Accent, dialect and gender bias in language Kerry Blake ...read more.

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Some good points are made about differences in dialects and accents. However, a general introduction is needed, to set out the aims and scope of the essay, including why the writer has limited this to a few British accents only. Similarly, there is no conclusion to draw together the points raised in the main body of the essay.

The sections on accent and dialect need further development, with more concrete examples, while the section on gender bias is too long and much too general, with little support for the points. The writer here exposes his/her own evidently unconscious bias so this section is far from objective. This section is loosely structured and would be much better if presented as one paragraph.

Punctuation is frequently inappropriate and there are many words split into two parts by a random space. Referencing should follow a conventional format, such as the Harvard Referencing System.

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