Rob Drummond and Erin Carrie from the linguistics department at MMU came to speak to the year 10s on 17th June in their English lesson, on studying linguistics at university. They then delivered a workshop on accents and conducted some research on how young people respond to the different accents they hear. The results were very interesting with the majority of students finding the American accent the least appealing to listen to. Most of the students were proud of the northern accent, seeing it as a vital part of their identity even if they didn’t appear to have much of one themselves! One interesting comment we all learnt, was that women and girls are judged more harshly on their regional accents than men.
The students were all really engaged and hopefully, some have been inspired to study this fascinating field further.