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Book: The 5-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 37. What Causes Foreign Accents?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38157


Foreign accents have been around for as long as humans have had language. As humans, we immediately notice them, and as linguists, we find them theoretically interesting. While many factors influence foreign accents, much of the answer lies in something linguists call ‘cross-linguistic interference’.

Chapter Contributors

  • Steven H. Weinberger ( - sweinberger) 'George Mason University'