Short report in Annual Review of Applied Linguistics

My short report, Media and Second Dialect Acquisition, is now published online at Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. Sociolinguistic research suggests that traditional broadcast media (i.e. TV) doesn’t seem to affect people’s accents much, at least not in a way that’s easy to empirically document; at the same time, phonetics research has shown that participants will measurably shift their accents towards ambient recorded voices. What gives? In this paper, I explore this disconnect and suggest some possibilities for future research exploring new/social media and its effect on accent.