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Foreign Accents Make Speakers Seem Less Truthful to Listeners


July 19, 2010

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A foreign accent undermines a person's credibility in ways that the speaker and the listener don't consciously realize, new research at the University of Chicago shows. Because an accent makes a person harder to understand, listeners are less likely to find what the person says as truthful, researchers found. The problem of credibility increases with the severity of the accent. Full Story

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