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Speech carries accent information relevant to determining the speaker's linguistic and social background. A series of web-based experiments demonstrate that accent cues can modulate access to word meaning. In Experiments 1-3, British participants were more likely to retrieve the American dominant meaning (e.g., hat meaning of "bonnet") in a word association task if they heard the words in an American than a British accent. In addition, results from a speeded semantic decision task (Experimentdoi:10.1016/j.cogpsych.2017.08.003 pmid:28881224 pmcid:PMC6597358 fatcat:44etscca3zefxa2kjgve746bpu