1st Edition

Advocating for Sociolinguistic Justice in the United States Empowering Spanish-speaking Communities

    296 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection focuses on social awareness and critical language awareness with the goal of enlightening and empowering multilingual and multicultural communities across the U.S.

    Each chapter brings to light the trauma, gaps in services and misguided societal perceptions that adversely impact communities whose linguistic and cultural background and/or status as migrants place them in vulnerable situations. In doing so, the authors and editors demonstrate how an increased awareness of diverse communities’ linguistic and cultural wealth can be leveraged to build strength and resilience in order to overcome physical, verbal or symbolic violence and provide remedies for inequities in educational, medical, and legal contexts.

    Showcasing discussions of the intersectionality and contexts in which language, power, migration, and the cultural funds of knowledge of minoritized communities interact, this volume will be of interest to students, scholars, and educators in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and language education.



    List of Contributors






    Part 1: Raising Awareness of The Cultural and Linguistic Wealth of Multilingual Communities

    Chapter 1: Literacy Pedagogies in Tension: Young Latiné Children Literacy Competencies in the Rural Midwest, Laura Anna Edwards

    Chapter 2: Signs of Language Justice? Solidarity, Belonging, and Strategies for Fostering Linguistic Equity, Jhonni Rochelle Charisse Carr

    Chapter 3: Heritage Spanish in the News: Understanding, Reevaluating, and Embracing One’s Heritage Language on the National Stage, Meghann Peace


    Part 2: Inspiring Paths for Empowering Members of Multilingual Communities

    Chapter 4: Discursively Silencing Latinx Child Immigrants in United States Mainstream Media, Megan Strom

    Chapter 5: “En Busca de un Mejor Futuro”: Interpreting for Undocumented Children in the Greater New Orleans Area as a Means of Advocating for Social Justice, Lisbeth A. Philip and Silvia Gómez Juárez

    Chapter 6: Public Verbal Violence against Spanish-Speaking Migrants in the USA, Mercedes Niño-Murcia

    Chapter 7: The Role of Heritage Bilingualism in Bringing Social Justice to Research, Ethan Kutlu and Diego Pascual y Cabo


    Part 3: Providing a Path for Educational Parity for Multilingual Students

    Chapter 8: The Language/Linguistics Classroom as a Decolonizing Space through the Use of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia

    Chapter 9: Aprender con el Corazón: Awakening Consciousness and Negotiating Identity in the Name of Equity and Social Justice in the SHL Classroom, Gabriela Moreno

    Chapter 10: The Fallacy of Academic Accountability for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners: How the Linguistic Features of High-Stakes Tests Structure Inequity, Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza

    Chapter 11: Unlocking Word Structure in School: A Vehicle for Social Justice for Multilingual Learners, Michelle A. Duffy and Jean Ann

    Chapter 12: Promoting Awareness of Social Justice Issues through Technology-Mediated Project-Based Language Learning, Ruslan Suvorov and Jesse Gleason







    Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is a Professor of Sociolinguistics specializing in Latinx communities at California State University San Marcos.

    Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University, USA.

    Mercedes Niño-Murcia is Professor Emerita of Hispanic Linguistics in the Departments of Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, USA.