1st Edition

The Language Gap Normalizing Deficit Ideologies

    122 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    122 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Language Gap provides an accessible review of the language gap research, illuminating what we know and what we do not know about the language development of youth from working and lower socioeconomic classes. Written to offer a balanced look at existing literature, this text analyzes how language gap research is portrayed in the media and how debatable research findings have been portrayed as common sense facts. This text additionally analyzes how language gap research has impacted educational policies, and will be the first book-length overview addressing this area of rapidly growing interest.

    Chapter 1: The Re-Normalization of Language Deficit Ideologies

    Chapter 2: Language Acquisition and Diversity: (Socio)linguistic and Anthropological Perspectives

    Chapter 3: What’s Past is Prologue: Language Deficit Research Past and Present - with Darrin Hetrick

    Chapter 4: Tracing the Genealogies of Language Gap Policies and Programs

    Chapter 5: Normalization of Deficit Language Ideologies

    Chapter 6: The Language Gap and Education


    David Cassels Johnson is Associate Professor of Multilingual Education at the University of Iowa and Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University. He holds a PhD (with distinction) in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Language Policy (2013) and co-editor of Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide (2015, with Francis M. Hult).

    Eric J. Johnson is Professor of Bilingual Education at Washington State University. He received his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Arizona State University. His research focuses on ethnographic approaches to immigrant education programs and language policies in public schools. His publications span topics involving bilingual education, immigration, and family engagement.

    Johnson and Johnson’s work is highly readable, engaging and informative, especially in advancing the central argument that unquestioning acceptance of the language gap only casts the responsibility of poor educational outcomes on families/ communities, whilst precluding an attendance to the systemic inequities (including raciolinguistic ideologies) that are the real issues. 

    Deborah Chua, Springer Journals