Lecture 24 Conclusion

Lecture 24 Conclusion - Languages and Cultures of America...

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Languages and Cultures of America L IGN 8, S PRING 2010 Conclusion
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The big picture …
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A Paradox? People “lose” and denigrate languages People create and embrace languages
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There is a tremendous amount of diversity in the ways in which languages are structured. “Every language in the world has its own power, beauty and genius” Hinton 1994, p. 137
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Alert! People rely on language traits to judge others . • Discrimination based on skin color or religion is condemned, but “people use false assumptions about language to justify judgments that have more to do with race, national origin, regional affiliation, ethnicity, and religion than with human language and communication. • Failure to speak the standard is hold as an indication of “stupidity, willfulness, or misguided social allegiance”. Lippi-Green, p. 292-293
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All language varieties are created equal, aren’t they? • Judgments about language are in fact social judgments : racial and class prejudices are behind those judgments, not any actual linguistic fact. • A group of speakers may judge poorly the pronunciations of more disadvantaged speakers (who deviate more from the standard), but they ignore their own deviations, these are rendered invisible. • Speakers of the stigmatized variety often have a lot of insecurity about their linguistic practices (and suffer social alienation); this encourages language loss.
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(e)Speedy Gonzales (González?) http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =37Q5cDj1zL4
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Hasta la vista, baby!
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Mock Ebonics “Mock Ebonics on the internet blurs the distinction between public and private discourse, thereby distancing producers and consumers from responsibility for language that would be highly offensive in other public venues, such as call-in talk shows, neighborhood bars and letters to the editor” Ronkin & Karn 1999, cited in Rickford & Rickford 2000, p. 203 Some of this “humor” revealed that racial stereotyping is very much around, and that most people understands very little about AAE and Ebonics (next class).
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