Apparently it is possible to put an accent on credibility

Friday, 22 October, 2010

Someone speaking in an accent that is foreign to our ear isn’t as likely to be taken as seriously as someone who is speaking fluently, or without any apparent trace of an accent, according to recent research.

The effort required to understand an accented utterance means that the same fact is judged as less credible when uttered by an accented speaker, compared with a native speaker. This remains true even if the accented speaker is merely passing on a message from a native speaker.

I can’t say I’ve found this to be the case personally, I might have trouble understanding someone with a strong accent, but usually not to the point I doubt what they are saying.

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