Emergent of studies on foreign accents have gradually progressed over time. The studies are more prominent today due to large changes in the society. Colleges are filled with international students and collaboration of ideas between researchers and scholars across the continents has increased. Migration has increased, with new immigrants taking their culture and language with them. Social and cultural trends now travel all over the globe and are now much more accepted, even having an influence on indigenous ones. One major aspect of life that benefits significantly with the study of accents is the automatic speech recognition. Most of the devices that employ this technology are being sold all over the world, it is important that they work accurately with different accents of English. English Vowel Production by Native Hindi Speakers
Many studies have shown that there is a perception associated with the utterance of a foreign accent by native speakers. Some have found that foreign accents are often associated with negative evaluation, with most non-native speakers feeling unaccepted and with native speakers complaining of difficulties understanding the accented English. With all these stigmas, it is no surprise that pronunciation classes have sprung up with hopes of teaching correct pronunciation as perceived by native speakers.