language links, ling-anth links

Language links 7/30

Every Monday, I share some of what I’ve been reading in the past week.

Here’s a good explanation of why we should stop saying that linguistic discrimination is “the last acceptable form of discrimination.” (Spoiler: it’s pretty much always part of some other form of discrimination.)

Two colleagues and I responded to an anti-library op-ed that went viral and notorious — and quickly got pulled down. (Hint: if you think libraries are mostly about books, you should probably go to one.) And we’re far from the only ones talking back. For instance, here’s the American Library Association’s official take.

“If the evidence shows that there’s a better way to do this, are you open to changing?”

The Justice Department is pushing for the use of ‘illegal alien’ rather than ‘undocumented.’ We know this kind of language contributes to the criminalization of whole communities — and they do too. More on why this wording matters from RaceForward, a sociologista community organizer, and a whole bunch of linguistic anthropologists. (If you’re noticing that all those links are kind of old, it’s because — well, frankly, a lot of major publications made the change to ‘undocumented’ years ago, in response to this pressure!)



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