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
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