Colloquium (2/22/2017): Anne H. Charity Hudley, (The College of William and Mary)

Charity Hudley’s research and publications address the relationship between language variation and Pre K-16 educational practices and policies. Her first two books, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools and We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom are co-authored with Christine Mallinson and published by Teachers College Press. Her third book, Highest Honors: A Guide to Undergraduate Research, co-authored with Cheryl Dickter and Hannah Franz, will also appear in 2017 with Teachers College Press. For more information, her website is here.

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.