This research is an analysis of the movie Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Based on a variationnist approach, we try to present the different stereotypes linked to the language spoken by the main 25 characters.

We explore two different hypotheses. The first one poses a correlation between the accents of the individuals and their symbolic roles in the motion picture. The second proposes that not only these accents are determined by the roles of the characters but that they correspond to a certain picture-in-mind of the world wide English speaking community. In other words, the accents seem to be attributed according to “clichés”, “stereotypes” and social representations.

After some preliminary concepts about variationnist linguistics, we present the main theoretical and practical issues of the survey. Then, the major results are exposed. The first correlation between the accents of the individuals and their symbolic roles seems to be validated. For instance, the “heroes” mainly speak with an American accent while the “politicians” speak with a British accent. In a second time, some of the results could make us think that the attribution of the accents would be according to “stereotypes” widely spread in the English-speaking community. Some of the accents are positively qualified (for example, the American accents) while some others (the RP accent or the northern African one) suffer from several prejudices.