Gaps in Framing and Naming: Commentary to “A Viewpoint on Accent Services”

Betty Yu, Vishnu K.K. Nair, Maria Rosa Brea, Xigrid Soto-Boykin, Chelsea Privette, Lei Sun, Reem Khamis, Hsinhuei Sheen Chiou, Leah Fabiano-Smith, Laura Epstein, Yvette D. Hyter

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Purpose: In this commentary, we offer a critique of “A Viewpoint on Accent Services: Framing and Terminology Matter” (Grover et al., 2022). We argue that the authors’ proposal to rename and reframe accent modification lacks criticality, which actually hinders—rather than advances—the movement toward equitable, culturally sustaining, and emancipatory practices. Method: We offer an analysis of the shortfall between the authors’ calls for linguistic justice in “A Viewpoint on Accent Services” and the actual changes they proposed. We break down major gaps in criticality, reflexivity, practice, and vision and discuss their potential for undercutting meaningful progress as it relates to linguistic justice. Results: We found that the frameworks for the pursuit of equity, cultural sustenance, and emancipatory practices were misrepresented in the article in such a way that suggests that these goals could be achieved through superficial changes in terminology and attitudes. “A Viewpoint on Accent Services” upholds a power-neutral frame of operation that does not address the deeper systemic forces that make accent modification problematic. The lack of criticality toward accent intervention fosters complacency toward real transformation. Conclusion: We advocate for a serious and critical interrogation of accent practices and commitment to an emancipatory practice that addresses linguistic discrimination above all else. We emphasize the need to decenter standardized languages and to co-envision linguistic liberation using critical methods in scholarship, pedagogy, clinical practice, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1913-1918
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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