1st Edition

Linguistic Discrimination in US Higher Education Power, Prejudice, Impacts, and Remedies

Edited By Gaillynn Clements, Marnie Jo Petray Copyright 2021
    224 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume examines different forms of language and dialect discrimination on U.S. college campuses, where relevant protections in K-12 schools and the workplace are absent. Real-world case studies at intersections with class, race, gender, and ability explore pedagogical and social manifestations and long-term impacts of this prejudice between and among students, faculty, and administrators. With chapters by experts including Walt Wolfram and Christina Higgins, this book will be useful for students in courses in language & power and language variety, among others; researchers in sociolinguistics, education, identity studies, and justice & equity studies; and diversity officers looking to understand and combat this bias.

    Chapter 1 An Unexpected Irony: Lifting the "Diversity" Wool from our Eyes Gaillynn Clements

    Chapter 2 Linguistic Bias against ESL Writing Melinda Reichelt

    Chapter 3 "If we don't teach them, who will?": Standard Language Ideology in the University English Classroom Ho’omana Nathan Horton

    Chapter 4 Conflicting ideologies: Language diversity in the composition classroom Sonja Launspach

    Chapter 5 International Teaching Assistants: Increasing Communicative Awareness and Understanding Katherine Yaw & Okim Kang

    Chapter 6 Signs of Oppression in the Academy: The Case of Signed Languages Jon Henner & Octavian Robinson

    Chapter 7 "Men could get up in front of a classroom and say any old thing…": Faculty Perceptions of Language and Gender in Higher Education Caroline Myrick

    Chapter 8 Country, Color, and Class: Talking Right, Talking White in the Academy Christopher Scott

    Chapter 9 Linguistic Inequality and Sociolinguistic Justice in Campus Life: The Need for Programmatic Intervention Walt Wolfram & Stephany Dunstan

    Chapter 10 Promoting Pidgin at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Christina Higgins

    Chapter 11 Languaging Matters Marnie Jo Petray & Gaillynn Clements


    Gaillynn Clements is Visiting Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Duke University. Dr. Clements has published on Southern English, gendered speech, and the scholarship of teaching and learning in linguistics.

    Marnie Jo Petray is Associate Professor in TESOL at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she founded, coordinates, and directs the Graduate TESOL Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Dr. Petray has presented and published research in applied linguistics, the scholarship of teaching and learning in linguistics, humor studies, and Krobo Dangme.