The Racialization of African-American English: Insights from Linguistics & Psychology
While language and race are often discussed as separate objects of inquiry, it impossible to discuss one without the other as language and race are inextricably co-constructed. Furthermore, both the humanistic and scientific study of language have served to racialize individuals and communities. Through examples from her work on language and culture in schools in the U.S. South, Charity Hudley presents ways that raciolinguistic ideologies are reproduced and contested in linguistic and psychological research on African-Americans. She provides insights on ways that social psycholinguistic work can empower African-American’s own self-concepts of their language. This talk will present methodologies for addressing persistent issues of internalized racism in students and educators. Charity Hudley also demonstrates how the study of language and race may be approached in ways that create a more seamless continuum between basic and applied research.