English with an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 286 pages
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In this bestselling textbook, Rosina Lippi-Green scrutinizes American attitudes towards language. Using examples drawn from a variety of contexts: the classroom, the court, the media and corporate culture, she exposes the way in which discrimination based on accent functions to support and perpetuate social structures and unequal power relations. English with an Accent:

  • focuses on language variation linked to geography and social identity
  • looks at how the media and the entertainment industry work to promote linguistic stereotyping
  • examines how employers discriminate on the basis of accent
  • reveals how the judicial system protects the status quo and reinforces language subordination

This fascinating and highly readable book forces us to acknowledge the ways in which language is used to discriminate.

 

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Contents

Language subordination at work
77
Our naked skins
173
the language rebels
202
The stranger within the gates
217
Civil disobedience and the shadow of language
240
Bibliography
258
Index
278
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About the author (1997)

Rosina Lippi was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 14, 1956. She received a PhD in linguistics from Princeton University. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a professor. She writes the Wilderness series under the pen name Sara Donati.

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