Language shapes the way we think about, understand, and communicate who we are individually and as members of the many intersecting groups that define us. This unit will allow students to consider how identity is demarcated and sustained by language and ways of speaking both among members of the same group and between different populations.
Bailey, Benjamin. 2008. “The Language of Multiple Identities Among Dominican Americans.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 10 (2): 190–223.
Benor, Sarah Bunin. 2011. “Mensch, Bentsh, and Balagan: Variation in the American Jewish Linguistic Repertoire.” Language and Communication 31 (2): 141–154.
Article: The Conversation’s “How the Loss of Native American Languages Affects Our Understanding of the Natural World”
TED Talk: Sheikha Al Mayassa’s “Globalizing the Local, Localizing the Global”
Eshe Lewis (2020)