01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
Music Theater Building 1002
Section Information for Fall 2022
This course explores how discourse and language create and maintain power differentials and establish "standard language ideologies." We will look at how these linguistic forces function as mechanisms that reinforce perceptions of difference. We will examine the role colonial projects have played in stigmatizing non-prestige languages and dialects in order to establish a “standard language ideology” that further marginalizes disadvantaged communities. We will look at examples of how this ideology continues to permeate inter/national and institutional policies, reinforcing systemic racism and modern subject formation. We will draw on scholarship in sociolinguistics, writing and rhetoric studies, and cultural studies to challenge longstanding deficit views of “non-standard” linguistic identities and language practices (e.g. Black English, accented English, code-meshed English, World Englishes, etc.) associated with racialized and socially-marginalized communities.