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In English with an Accent, 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 unequal 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...
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Overview

In English with an Accent, 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 unequal 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415114769
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Permissions
Pt. I Linguistics, language, and ideology
Introduction: Language ideology: science fiction? 3
1 The linguistic facts of life 7
2 The myth of non-accent 41
3 The standard language myth 53
4 Language ideology and the language subordination model 63
Pt. II What we sow: institutionalized language ideology
Introduction: Language subordination at work 77
5 Teaching children how to discriminate: what we learn from the Big Bad Wolf 79
6 The educational system: fixing the message in stone 104
7 The information industry: selling America to Americans 133
8 Language ideology in the workplace and the judicial system 152
Pt. III What we reap: consent manufactured
Introduction: Our naked skins 173
9 The real trouble with Black English 176
10 Hillbillies, rednecks, and southern belles: the language rebels 202
11 The stranger within the gates 217
Conclusions: Civil (dis)obedience and the shadow of language 240
Notes 244
Bibliography 258
Index 278
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