Anne H. Charity Hudley, Linguistics Colloquium: The Racialization of African-American English: Insights from Linguistics and Psychology

Colloquium | October 2 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Anne H. Charity Hudley, Professor of Linguistics and North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America, UC Santa Barbara

 Department of Linguistics

Race has been integral to how languages have been defined over time and to how linguistics has developed as a discipline. Furthermore, both the humanistic and scientific studies of language have served to racialize individuals and communities. In order to work towards greater racial justice within linguistics, the challenge remains for linguists to develop a cohesive theory of race that is influenced by researchers of different methodological approaches and racial backgrounds.

Through examples from her work on language and culture in U.S. schools, Charity Hudley presents ways that raciolinguistic ideologies are reproduced and contested in linguistic research on African-Americans. She provides insights on ways that linguistic research can empower African-American’s own self-concepts of their language. Her model suggests methodologies for addressing persistent issues of internalized racism in students and educators. Charity Hudley also demonstrates how the study of language and race with a mind towards justice creates a more seamless continuum between basic and applied research in linguistics.

 mikkelsen@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2757