Write an Opinion Piece Article in Which You Discuss the Issues Surrounding People Changing Their Accents. 
The reason people may be obliged to change their accent is to feel like they fit in and not stand out, so that people from …show more content…
People may choose to change their accent to be part of a group and this is called convergence – when an individual adjusts his speech patterns to match people belonging to another group or social identity. Celebrities may do this to become more popular. On the other hand, others may change their accent completely – called divergence – this is when an individual adjusts their speech to be distinct from those of people belonging to another group. Giles showed that speakers tend to accommodate their accent to that of their interlocutor, aiming to become similar to the accent of somebody they like or want to impress. Therefore, most people will modify their accent when attending a job interview because they want to bring up a good impression.
Class is another thing that is associated with accent. The higher a person’s knowledge and occupational status, the more prestige their accent is to be. Bernstein suggested that a restricted code that working class would usually use, ‘restricted’ people into expressing themselves, limiting thinking skills. A low frequency of vernacular [in] pronunciation signals that the speaker belongs to a high social class and is speaking in a more formal way.
The research of Ryan assessed the attitudes people have