1st Edition

Language Attitudes and the Pursuit of Social Justice Identity, Prejudice, and Education

Edited By Mara R. Barbosa, Talia Bugel Copyright 2025
    318 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Language Attitudes and the Pursuit of Social Justice explores the relationship between language attitudes and forms of inequality and oppression, fostering greater awareness of how linguistic choices become political ones and encourages the search for practices that promote social justice.

    The volume is organized around different sections which look at language attitudes and their intersection with different dimensions of contemporary social and cultural life: language policy and planning; language and education; and the role of identity in forming strong communities that promote multilingualism and multiculturalism. Both established and emerging scholars explore the ways in which language attitudes are informed by extralinguistic factors and in particular, stereotypes, drawing on case studies through the lens of French, Italian and Spanish in Canada; interaction of migrant languages in Austria; national languages in West Africa and in Senegal; Signed languages in Spain; Spanish in Aruba, Uruguay, the U.S., and Catalonia and Majorca in Spain; and Quechua in Peru.The collection urges the development of critical linguistic awareness and a view of languages which recognizes their ability to continue to shift across time and space.

    This book will be of particular interest to scholars in sociolinguistics, multilingualism, language education, language policy and planning, and bilingual education.



    List of Contributors



    1. Introduction

    Mara R. Barbosa

    Talia Bugel


    Part I – Education


    2. The Importance of Catalan-Medium Instruction for Language Attitudes in Catalonia

    Marguerite Morlan


    3. When human rights and language ideologies come in conflict: the debate over inclusive language in Uruguay

    Mariana Achugar


    4. In Quest of Social Justice: Language Attitudes and Language Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Ozouf Sénamin Amedegnato


    5. Language Attitudes and Learning to Read: The Example of the Program Lecture pour Tous in Senegal

    Mouhamed Abdallah Ly

    Talia Bugel



    Part II – Identity

    6. (Re)shaping Students’ Attitudes Toward Learning Spanish in the United States: An Autoethnography of a Teacher as Policy Interpreter

    Carlo Cinaglia


    7. Unfair advantage or mutual benefits?: Attitudes of second and heritage language learners towards mixed language courses

    Angela George


    8. Pre-Service Teachers’ Attitudes and Ideologies Concerning Local Language Varieties in South Texas

    Mara R. Barbosa


    Part III – Planning, policy, prejudice, exclusion


    9. Language use and attitudes toward Spanish in Aruba

    Ellen-Petra Kester

    Zoë de Cuba


    10. California Spanish as “non-existent”: Spanish language ideologies within the Latinx community

    Claudia Holguín Mendoza

    Eve Higby

    Melissa Venegas

    Lara Boyero Agudo


    11. Identity and sign language varieties in Spain: attitudes and beliefs

    Inmaculada C. Báez Montero

    María C. Bao Fente


    12. Inherent Language Narratives: Rethinking Mother Tongue in Multilingual Contexts: A Biographical Exploration of Multilingual Adolescents in Austria

    Carola Koblitz


    13. Evaluation and perception of Spanish varieties by Majorcans: Distance, prestige and identity

    Beatriz Méndez Guerrero

    Laura Camargo Fernández


    14. Common beliefs and openness discourses among learners of Quechua as a second language in Peru: an analysis of linguistic ideologies

    Claudia Crespo del Río




    Mara R. Barbosa is an associate professor of Spanish at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She studies the language attitudes of different groups, as well as how language attitudes may influence pedagogical practices. Her recent publications include work in Revista Brasileira de Lingüística Aplicada (2020), New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World (2020), and Language Learning Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and Immigrant Communities (2019).

    Talia Bugel is Professor in International Language and Culture Studies, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and a translator, applied linguist, and sociolinguist Her recent publications include work in New Approaches to Language Attitudes in the Hispanic and Lusophone World (2020), Signo y Seña (2015) and Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana (2014).