!*#@%%@ (joho07) wrote in linguaphiles,

Blinded by the accent!

This article is only available in German, but it's talking about this study.

According to the study, when "categorizing people ethnically" we like to base our judgements on the accent of the person, rather than their looks, given we hear them talk. This is the reason why sometimes the comment is made that "all Chinese people look alike": based on a Chinese person's Chinese accent, we do not associate them to be "one of us" and therefore do not remember their features as well as (Chinese) person who speaks accent-free.

Unfortunately, I cannot read the article, but I read the German comment about it. What do you think?

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