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Description: Think about American politics; no not about THAT guy for once but just about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. If you met an American, what sorts of things might they say that would lead you to product that they are likely to identify as a Republican or a Democrat?  What might be the shortest thing they could say that would allow you to make a confident prediction as to their politics? What about one word (no, NOT Trump)? Think about single words that when said (hint: HOW said) could support valid predictions of political allegiance and then read the article linked below to see what research has found. Oh and maybe think about what measurable Psychological (attitudinal) dimensions might help explain why such one spoken word predictions might work.

Source: Your political views can predict how you pronounce certain words, Zachary Jaggers, The Conversation.

Date: October 21, 2019

Photo Credit: Linda Staf/

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So, the pronunciation of one of 5 single words predicts stated part affiliation through the mediating variable of the degree of ardent nationalism. To find out more about this notion of political accents have a look at some of the other articles linked within the article linked above.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How might word pronunciation be related to someone’s degree of ardent nationalism?
  2. How might cultural awareness be related to the pronunciation of particular words?
  3. From a Psychological perspective, how might you go about changing how people pronounce the 5 words examined in the linked research study?

References (Read Further):

Zack Jaggers (2018) A political ideology with and accent

Babel, M. (2010). Dialect divergence and convergence in New Zealand English. Language in Society, 39(4), 437-456.

Brock, G., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2008). What can examining the psychology of nationalism tell us about our prospects for aiming at the cosmopolitan vision?. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 11(2), 165-179.

Dekker, H., Malova, D., & Hoogendoorn, S. (2003). Nationalism and its explanations. Political Psychology, 24(2), 345-376.

Bonikowski, B., & DiMaggio, P. (2016). Varieties of American popular nationalism. American Sociological Review, 81(5), 949-980.