Politics and Policy

Masculinity and Femininity in Disney's Mulan

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The song “I’ll Make A Man Out of You” from the 1998 classic Mulan shows gender stereotypes and battling them. Mulan is a Disney classic that confronts battling feminine stereotypes head on and throughout the movie the protagonist Mulan shows that she can do anything a man can do. In this song specifically, the gender stereotypes of being a man in the war and what a man should be able to do and be is explained to a very catchy rhythm. Along with this throughout the song, Mulan shows how she is strong and she can fight just the same as them, but because of the laws, she must do this all while dressed as a man to blend in.

Implementation of Hebrew as a Standard Language in pre-1948 Palestine

This article discusses the revernacularization of Hebrew into a standard language in Palestine, and then gives examples of how political and interest groups carried out this implementation at a local level through an examination of the 1930s and 1940s city documents of a small Jewish settlement, Raanana. [Published on 01-01-2008]

Hillary Clinton's accent evolution (1983–2015)

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A video about one individual, Hillary Clinton's intense and possibly intentional accent changes throughout her life. I thought it was an interesting case study in individual language change, and why someone might want to change the way the speak.

The trouble with Trump's word choices

This is an opinion article on the interruption of President Trump's word choices. During the Presidential race, Trump used trouble words when referring to a community, based on their race or language. This article points out the various examples of Trump using trouble wording then explains how offensive he was being. [Published on 10-20-2016]

Linguist Jennifer Scalfani’s analysis on Trump’s “unique” use of language

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This video is about Jennifer Scalfani, a linguist at Georgetown University, who analyzed Donald Trump’s “unique” use of language that he uses as the President of the United States. His language is unique in a way that it is different than the language that other Presidents spoke in the past. He uses much more simple vocabulary and grammar, jumps from one topic to another, involves a variety of hand gestures, and uses an expression at the end of the phrase to emphasize his message. Scalfani analyzed how Trump’s unique use of language is a representation of how language can create a brand, construct an identity that is recognizable, and create an authentic persona.

Ellen DeGeneres' coming out episode

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In a televised talk show this year host Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the twentieth anniversary of her revelation on national prime time television that she was a lesbian. Forty-two million viewers tuned in to watch Ellen’s sitcom character declare “I am gay”, and this challenging and controversial decision made television history. A media frenzy followed with heated debates on gay rights and lifestyles. Ellen’s difficult and personal decision to reveal her lesbianism led to her sitcom show being cancelled in 1997. By 2004 she returned to television as a talk show host, and since then has earned ten Emmys for excellence in television. By making it acceptable for a public figure to declare a sexual preference, social change has occurred, and since then, gay marriage has become legal in the United States.

Posted by Mary Jo Frazier on October 8, 2017

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Performativity;
Power;
Sexual Orientation;
Politics and Policy;
Sexism

Jacqueline Kennedy's political speech Nov. 21, 1963

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This film clip showed First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy speaking to a Texas Latino audience on November 21, 1963. Three years earlier in the 1960 Presidential campaign, a young Jack Kennedy and his political team recognized the potential of the Latino voters in the Republican held state of Texas. They decided to utilize Jacqueline Kennedy’s fluency in Spanish and a few months before the vote, she spoke to a Texas Latino crowd, persuading them to support her husband. It worked and Kennedy won the race by carrying Texas. Returning to Texas in 1963, President Kennedy allowed his wife to once again take the stage and speak Spanish, the first time a sitting United States President had honored a Hispanic group. The next day, JFK was assassinated in Dallas Texas.

Posted by Mary Jo Frazier on October 8, 2017

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Ideology;
Mock Spanish;
Multilingualism;
Politics and Policy

John Oliver interviews the Dalai Lama

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“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver interviewed the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate and Tibet’s spiritual and political exiled leader. With a hint of investigative journalism, Oliver used his gift of humor to engage the Dalai Lama in broad discussions from conflicts with the Chinese Government to claims that drinking horse milk will cure alcoholism. The interview demonstrated a self-reflective Dalai Lama laughing at labels from the Chinese Government. This televised comedy show provoked the Chinese government so much that they proclaimed the interview to be politically motivated and propaganda for an anti-China separatist movement.

Posted by Mary Jo Frazier on October 2, 2017

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Performativity;
Power;
Globalization;
Politics and Policy;
Religion

1960 - Jackie Kennedy Spanish Ad

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This is a video of Jackie Kennedy doing a campaign ad in 1960 in Spanish. The goal of this video was to connect with the Hispanic voters. I chose this particular video because it shows how Jackie Kennedy used different speech communities to reach a certain group of people. Indexicality plays a role as well because she is indexing the Spanish speaking community.

Words Without Humanity: George Carlin's explanation of "soft language"

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George Carlin discusses the changes in language that are used to control or manipulate certain viewpoints. He begins by stating that certain words or phrases are being replaced with others that totally drain them of meaning and humanity. Carlin points out changes in how we are supposed to refer to others ("freedom fighter" rather than commando), what certain objects are called ("dental appliances" rather than false teeth), and what certain conditions or actions should be called ("neutralize" rather than kill). Carlin says that it is those in power (whom he calls "smug, greedy, well-fed white people") change what language is socially acceptable in order to manipulate the average person and to benefit themselves.

Posted by Mitch Quaney on May 12, 2017

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Power;
Language Shift;
Politics and Policy

Chelsea Handler Criticizes First Lady For Having An Accent

This news article/video is about how comedian Chelsea Handler put down First Lady Melania Trump for having an accent. Chelsea Handler stated that she would never have Melania Trump on her show because "she barley speaks English." However, the article quickly points out that the First Lady actually speaks at least five languages, including French, Slovene, Italian, German, and English. This portrays how language ideologies are used in everyday life and how it influences individuals' attitudes, beliefs, opinions and knowledge about language. In linguistic anthropology language ideologies are a set of shared beliefs, such as the appropriate language use or how language should be used by particular groups. Chelsea Handler has a negative attitude towards Melania Trump's accent because in the U.S., there is the idea or belief that powerful leaders in politics should not possess "foreign accents." Chelsea Handler's comment about not wanting Melania Trump on her show portrays the idea that English is the dominant language. In the United States the popular ideology in regards to the English-only Movement is very prevalent in today's society. [Published on 01-24-2017]

Posted by Marissa Khalil on May 3, 2017

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Power;
Standard Language Ideology;
Accent;
Politics and Policy

Trump Relies on Mock Spanish to Talk About Immigration (OPINION)

This blog post is about how non-Spanish speaking white peoples' use of "mock Spanish" is a form of covert racism that is used as a unconsciously strategic effort to silently dominate the folks who are imagined to speak the language, but to do so through attempts at silliness, humor and acting "cool” or "with it". [Published on 10-20-2016]

Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communication Priorities 2003

This document prepared by pro-Israel groups The Luntz Research Companies and The Israel Project details a number of strategies provided to American supporters of Israel, particularly those in the media, on how to manipulate the US public in favor of Israel in the Israeli Palestinian conflict after the start of the Iraq War. It is an interesting look at how the media influences the public by manipulating certain sociolinguistic factors in their coverage of the conflict. This includes using the scariness of certain foreign sounding names, e.g. Saddam Hussein and Iraq, to their advantage, and stressing the importance of using a female spokesperson. It is a very revealing document on the portrayal of Israel and Palestine in the media since the start of the Iraq War from in both political and sociolinguistic aspects. [Published on 04-25-2003]

Posted by Tomu Z on March 18, 2017

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Politics and Policy

Tim Kaine Speech in Spanish

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Tim Kaine made a campaign speech done entirely in Spanish. The speech was done in Phoenix, AZ and was given to invited Latino groups. This is the first time a vice presidential candidate has given a speech entirely in Spanish.

Donald Trump’s strange speaking style, as explained by linguists

This article has linguists examine Donald Trumps speaking style. It examines his linguistic approach through many different angles and talks about why some people can relate to it more than others. It proves how language and power can play a pivotal role in politics and spreading a message. [Published on 09-26-2016]

Posted by Chris Robb on October 16, 2016

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Power;
Style-shifting;
Politics and Policy

Talk “Like a Man”: The Linguistic Styles of Hillary Clinton, 1992-2013

This article examines the changes in Hillary Clinton's linguistic style from the years of 1992-2013. Many people have claimed that she talks "like a man," and this article examines that theory. In the article Jennifer J. Jones proves how Hillary went to more of a masculine linguistic approach to a more feministic approach in 2007. There are many reasons for these changes that are reflected in this article. [Published on 08-17-2016]

"That Mexican Thing"

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During the Vice Presidential Debate, Tim Kaine referred to some of the demeaning comments Donald Trump has made in the past, regarding Latinos. In response, Mike Pence said, "Senator, you whipped out that Mexican thing again." Whether Pence meant to be offensive to the Latino community or not, he most certainly was. Recently, Trump has tried to redeem himself with the Latino community, but with his VP referring to Latino issues as a "Mexican thing," it is apparent that Trump is engaging in hispandering.

Posted by Erica Hageman on October 5, 2016

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Ideology;
Indexicality;
Race,Ethnicity;
Politics and Policy

7 things Hillary Clinton has in common with your abuela

Hillary Clinton compares herself to Hispanic grandma's in order to win Hispanic votes in the elections.This is an illustration of hispandering which is commonly used by politicians. Also Hillary Clinton uses "Abuela" instead of grandma in order to make it hold more significant meaning to it. Also the switch from English to Spanish is a great example of "code-switching". [Published on 12-22-2015]

Posted by Ahmad Ali on July 28, 2016

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Spanish;
Code-switching;
Mock Spanish;
Politics and Policy

The Power of Language

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I believe that this clip demonstrates the power that is in language. Language can be used to influence and audience and can be altered in such a way to make something seem more appealing. Language is often used as a way of creating ideologies, especially in politics. In this video Bill Maher shows us that political parties are constantly trying to find the best wording to get their ideologies across to their audience and get the best response.

Posted by Eden Franklin on July 28, 2016

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Ideology;
Power;
Politics and Policy

Melania Trump Echoes Michelle Obama in Convention Speech

As the title suggests, presidential hopeful, Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump gave her first major political speech last night. Many found striking similarities between her speech last night and that of First Lady Michelle Obama's earlier DNC speech. These similarities bring up the question of "shared values" or plagiarism. Also notable are factors such as Melania's native language not being English: how did this affect the speech and the way it was received? [Published on 07-18-2016]

Posted by Erika Huff on July 19, 2016

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Ideology;
Performativity;
Power;
Accent;
Politics and Policy

Spain's “linguistic discrimination” debated in the European Committe on Civil Liberties for the first time

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament discusses claims of language discrimination against speakers of Catalan in Spain, a topic which has previously gone largely unaddressed. Some politicians and non-government organizations note reports of frequent and serious instances of discrimination, claiming racist/supremacist motivation, while other officials downplay or deny those claims, attributing them to a Catalonian nationalist agenda. [Published on 03-17-2016]

Posted by Shannon Pearson on April 21, 2016

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Multilingualism;
Politics and Policy;
Stigma

Gulf Between Words and Actions @ CU-Boulder

Very interesting article illustrate a situation where simply using the "right words" isn't enough. [Published on 03-10-2016]

Posted by Scott Russell on March 11, 2016

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Power;
Race,Ethnicity;
Politics and Policy

Clinton and Sanders Univision Debate and Hispandering

Hispandering is brought up (with a negative connotation) to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the Univision Democratic Debate in election 2016. [Published on 03-10-2016]

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 10, 2016

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Indexicality;
Spanglish;
Code-switching;
Politics and Policy

Gender Has/Has Not Been Hijacked by White MiddleClass

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Portion of a very interesting debate at the Oxford Union regarding whether feminism has been hijacked by "white middle class" women. Engages so many topics,including race, poverty, feminism/gender politics.

Posted by Scott Russell on March 10, 2016

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Ideology;
Gender;
Socioeconomic Status;
Politics and Policy;
Sexism

Alumnus's anthology rescues 'tattered' isiXhosa language

A man from Rhodes University in South Africa uses a poetry anthology to discuss HIV/AIDs in his native isiXhosa language, and hopes to rebuild isiXhosa as a language which lays in 'tatters' due to years of apartheid oppression in South Africa. [Published on 03-07-2016]

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 9, 2016

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Ideology;
Politics and Policy;
Stigma

Swing County USA: Hispandering

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This video talks about Hispandering in the United States. It details moments on the campaign trail where Presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, engage in Hispandering. Many of the candidates refer back to their parents and their experiences as immigrants.

Trump Debate

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This is an example of performance, as Donald Trump places an emphasis on the way he delivers his response to Jeb Bush. His delivery and the way he speaks is very aggressive and confident in tone. His style of speech, that is in a very straight forward, relaxed manner, has resulted in his popularity around the country. He tells it as it is and throws the "political correctness" out the door in all of his debates.

Posted by Jeremy Gutovitz on March 8, 2016

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Performativity;
Politics and Policy

Key & Peele - Obama Meet & Greet

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This Key & Peele comedy sketch humorously depicts Obama and the different ways he talks to black and white people after a speech. There's a lot of code switching going on in this sketch. There's a handful funny references in here as well, from rap to slang.

Family Guy Stereotypes

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This video is a combination of stereotypes that have aired on family guy over the years. Many of these stereotypes have to do with race and language in society today.

Alumnus's anthology rescues 'tattered' isiXhosa language

A man from Rhodes University in South Africa uses a poetry anthology to discuss HIV/AIDs in his native isiXhosa language, and hopes to rebuild isiXhosa as a language which lays in 'tatters' due to years of apartheid oppression in South Africa. [Published on 03-07-2016]

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Ideology;
Politics and Policy;
Stigma

"I'm sorry, Pope Francis, this America and we speak English!"

Discussion of Pope Franics's use of language prior to his visit to the United States. The Pope chose to use Spanish for the majority of his visit, which some say was his taking on a political stance on the US policy on immigration and an 'English only' country. [Published on 09-18-2015]

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Ideology;
Spanish;
Politics and Policy;
Religion

Language equality in post-apartheid South Africa

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College students demonstrate for language equality in Pretoria, South Africa. Students are currently taught in Afrikaans, the language of apartheid-era oppression. This is an example of how language can be used to signify either oppression or equality.

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Multilingualism;
Politics and Policy

Using language illegally

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Language can be used illegally, as is the recent case of states creating illegal regulations that effectively close abortion clinics. Language such as "must provide" in terms of surgical centers with regard to abortion clinics has been found to be illegal.

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Entextualization;
Ideology;
Politics and Policy

What does is mean? It depends.

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Bill Clinton's testimony from his 1998 deposition. Language and linguistics is central to law and politics. This is one classic example.

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on March 7, 2016

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Entextualization;
Politics and Policy

CNN Election Center

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In this video there are many different types of sociolinguistic artifacts, and in any kind of SNL skit they have to make it more dramatic to bring out the commentary. Yet, within this clip you see many types of tags used within the first few minutes. For example, Donald Trump is the first person to be impersonated, but within the short clip that he is in he shows tags of "Race/Ethnicity, Sexism, Gender, Politics and Policy". And for Hillary Clinton she is showing many of the same character traits as well. Within all of these impersonators they are all trying to benefit themselves in some way that looks appealing to the audience.

Clinton's drawl, Trump's 'yuuge' N.Y. accent and campaign 'code-switching'

The article discusses several politicians' adressee-based style shifting while speaking to different groups of people. Gives an example of monophthongization from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama using elements of AAE. The article also talks about differences between the styles of Jeb Bush and George W. Bush. [Published on 03-05-2016]

Hillary Clinton "Hispandering" Pummeled On Twitter

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A news reporter talks about Hillary Clinton and her "Washington games." He mentions that now because of the internet, she is no longer able to continue the same political approach as she has in the past. He also calls her out on her calm that she is just like the Latinos abuela, and how far off she really is with this claim.

Hillary Clinton and her Evolving Accent

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Hillary Clinton demonstrates styleshifting during her many years in public life.

Posted by Mark Beal on March 3, 2016

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Style-shifting;
Accent;
Politics and Policy

Rudy Giuliani: Beyoncé’s halftime show was an ‘outrageous’ affront to police

Rudy Giuliani describes Beyonce's halftime show as being inappropriate for the middle american audience of the Super Bowl. He states “This is football, not Hollywood, and I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive." [Published on 02-08-2016]

Posted by Jared Nietfeld on March 1, 2016

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Performativity;
Hip Hop Nation;
Politics and Policy

code-switching and hispandering

This site has a good audio clip that really delves into the hispandering issue and the code-switching.

Posted by Kelley Lane on February 28, 2016

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Code-switching;
Language Shift;
Multilingualism;
Politics and Policy

President Bill Clinton Grand Jury testimony: Meaning of the word "is"

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What do words mean? It depends on how you think about it.

Posted by Jasmine E. Thompson on February 23, 2016

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Performativity;
Politics and Policy

A Politician Walks Into King Taco ... A Look At The Political Term 'Hispandering'

Article regarding "Hispandering" in the current political presidential race. [Published on 12-08-2015]

Posted by Katherine Helms on February 23, 2016

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Politics and Policy;
Stigma

"English Only" chants at Nevada Democratic caucuses

At the 2016 Nevada Democratic caucus, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta was heckled and booed off stage by a group of alleged Bernie Sanders supporters, who chanted "english only" when she attempted to translate the ballot for the Spanish-speaking caucus participants. Link to tweet from Ms. Huerta: https://twitter.com/DoloresHuerta/status/701184235315400705 [Published on 02-20-2016]

Donald Trump's accent, explained

A discussion of the ways that Donald Trump's New York accent contributes to his no-nonsense, authoritative, and brash persona. [Published on 02-09-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 9, 2016

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New York City English;
Politics and Policy

Sarah Palin's English

A dissection of some antiquated syntactic constructions used by Sarah Palin. [Published on 02-02-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 8, 2016

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Politics and Policy

The US Supreme Court legally defines our words

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The United States Supreme Court defines the word "marriage" in a legal and social context by defining the "Equal Protection" clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Posted by Jasmine E Thompson on January 24, 2016

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Power;
Politics and Policy

Hey, I'm running for President Here!

A New Republic article highlighting the New York accents of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, with quotes from many linguists suggesting that their accents allow them to construct a positive local authenticity. [Published on 11-14-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on November 18, 2015

Tags:
New York City English;
Politics and Policy

If Folks Wanna Pop Off

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This week, Obama said "pop off" in a public address. Responses were...enthusiastic.

Posted by Richard Adcock on November 17, 2015

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African American English;
Politics and Policy

The politics of twisted tongues and loopy lingo

A segment on NPR's The Takeaway looking at the use of regional features by politicians, particularly the positive associations from these accents that may serve a politician's goal of connecting with constituents. [Published on 10-26-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 28, 2015

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American English;
Politics and Policy

How a New York accent can help you get ahead

Sociolinguist Michael Newman discusses the positive indexes of the New York City accent in the realm of politics, as used by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. [Published on 10-05-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 5, 2015

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Indexicality;
New York City English;
Politics and Policy

How Hillary Clinton's Southern Accent Came Out

A discussion of Hillary Clinton's style-shifting into Southern English, which has been much criticized. [Published on 06-02-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on July 8, 2015

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Southern English;
Style-shifting;
Politics and Policy

Tracking Hillary Clinton's use of every American accent east of the Mississippi

A series of clips that demonstrate Hillary Clinton's performance of some varieties of American English, particularly Southern English and Northern Cities English (her native variety) [Published on 05-01-2015]

BBC News: Economic success drives language extinction

Research shows that in countries with more successful economies, minority languages are at greater risk of extinction (due to one language dominating political, educational, and economic spheres). [Published on 09-02-2014]

Posted by Emma Rennie on September 4, 2014

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Power;
Monolingualism;
Politics and Policy

When Ordering Speak English

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States with English-Only Legislation

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James Crawford's map from 2003 showing those states that have adopted English-Only legislation.

U.S. English

The official website of U.S. English, the oldest citizen's action group dedicated to making English the official language of the United States.

Posted by Kara Becker on August 28, 2014

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American English;
Monolingualism;
Politics and Policy

In Walsh, students of Bostonese have found their avatah

A 2013 article on Boston mayor-elect Marty Walsh, who has a pronounced Boston accent. The comments about Boston being "lazy" are unfortunate, as are the interviews with speech coaches.

Posted by Kara Becker on November 21, 2013

Tags:
Boston English;
Politics and Policy;
low back merger;
r vocalization

Tawkin’ The Tawk: The Noo Yawk City Accent and the Race for City Hawl

A 2013 article in City and State on the New York City accents of the candidates for mayor.

Posted by Kara Becker on August 27, 2013

Tags:
New York City English;
Style-shifting;
Politics and Policy

English Only Rule Scrapped at Utah Prisons

A 2013 article on slate.com documenting the removal of the U.S.'s only written rule from a state prison limiting the language used during prisoner visits to English only.

conflicting definitions of "terrorism"

Describes different definitions of "terrorism" in use by U.S. government agencies, the general U.S. public, and other places.

Posted by Beth Young on July 9, 2013

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Lexicon;
Semantics;
Politics and Policy

The 'Demubarakization' of Egypt

A NYT blog piece on the removal of the name "Mubarak" from many places and institutions after his abdication.

Posted by Meredith Tamminga on June 19, 2013

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Power;
Lexicon;
Politics and Policy

Do You Speak American: AAE in Ann Arbor, MI

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A clip from the 2004 documentary Do you Speak American that covers the "Black English case," or "King case," in which the parents of African American English-speaking children won a case brought against Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Ann Arbor, MI in the late 1970s.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 15, 2013

Tags:
African American English;
Education;
Politics and Policy

Inuktitut recognized as official language in Canada

A 2013 new item on the Aboriginal language Inuktitut being elevated to the status of an official language in Nunavut, Canada, a first in Canada.

Gingrich links bilingual education and "ghetto"

An NBC news article covering the 2007 remarks made by Newt Gingrich that bilingual speakers in the U.S. need to learn standard English and not the language of the "ghetto."

When Presidents say "Y'all:" The Strange Story of Dialects in America

A 2013 Atlantic interview with Walt Woflram on dialects and politics.

Journalism and the words of power

A 2010 address to Al Jazeera by Robert Fisk on the politics of semantics.

Posted on February 6, 2013

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Politics and Policy

Pronouncing Pakistan and other foreign (a) words

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A 2008 segment from The Young Turks on the pronunciation of foregin (a) in Pakistan and other words. I use this with the reading: Hall-Lew, Coppock, and Starr. 2010. Indexing Political Persuasion: Variation in the Iraq vowels.

Geoffrey Nunberg: Naming of Foreign Parts

A 2002 piece discussing the American pronunciation of Arabic place names, including Iraq, and its political indexicality.

Posted on November 13, 2012

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foreign-a;
Politics and Policy

NewsHour: English as an Official Language

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A 2007 segment from NewsHour with Carmen Fought and someone from U.S English debating the proposal to make English the official language of the United States.

Language and Politics in Belgium

A 2010 article about the continuing linguistic divide in Belgium (between French and Flemish) that reflects and reinforces a political divide.

NPR: Code-swtiching: Are we all guilty?

A 2010 NPR piece about the criticism of President Obama's "negro dialect," with a broader discussing of both style-shifting and code-switching.

Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings

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A clip from the 1991 confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justic Clarence Thomas, which shows Senator Arlen Specter questioning Anita Hill. I use this with the reading: Mendoza-Denton, Norma. 1995. "Pregnant Pauses: Silence and Authority in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings."

NPR: Psychology Behind the Sudden Southern Drawl

A 2006 piece on NPR about Bill Clinton's use of a heavier Southern accent in a moment of anger, with guest Walt Wolfram, who explains the phenomenon of style-shifting.

NPR: Palin's Accent Examined

A 2008 NPR interview with William Labov about Sarah Palin's Alaskan accent.

DEA to hire Ebonics "Translators"

In 2010, The DEA put out a job ad for nine speakers of African American English to serve as "translators."

Southern Dialects: Talkin' Tar-Heel

Transcript of interview with Walt Wolfram in which many aspects of Southern English are discussed. Audio available on website.

Obama's English

Discussion of Obama's use of AAE in his acceptance speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the significance of style-shifting.

Fair Housing PSA

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PSA highlighting linguistic discrimination.

Arizona Education Loses the Accent of America

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Romanian immigrant reflects on Arizona's elimination of educators with accents.

Linguistic Profiling on 20/20

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20/20 feature on racial linguistic profiling and housing discrimination with linguist John Baugh.