A study co-authored by academics from three universities found that children exhibit signs of accent-based biases as early as five years of age.
- The study, entitled 'How sociolinguistic factors shape children's subjective impressions of teacher quality,' was published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
- The article revealed that data showed that children preferred teachers with a local accent instead of regional or non-native accents.
- Research indicated that biases become stronger with age.
- The research also found that even kids with parents with different accents still had preferences for local accents.
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