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The researchers discovered that the participants in Gainesville perceived an increase in accentedness when the visual input changed from a white face to a South Asian face.

Secondarily, unlike southern Florida, Gainesville has many bilingual speakers who often use only English in their everyday conversations.

This allowed the researchers to examine the extent to which being raised in a bilingual community but then switching to a monolingual context impacted speech perception.

“Our preliminary findings suggest that exposure to different accents and racial and ethnic categories on a regular basis could impact perceived accentedness judgements,” said Kutlu.

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