printability and standardization

Margaret Ronkin ronkinm at
Sun Jan 11 19:55:55 UTC 2004

Also of possible interest; the first two readings are at an "easier" level than the third.

Lippi-Green, Rosina. 1997. The standard language myth. In English with an accent: language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States. London: Routledge. Pp. 53-62.

Lippi-Green Rosina. 1997. Language ideology and the language subordination model. In English with an accent: language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States. London: Routledge. Pp. 63-78.

Silverstein, Michael. 1996. Monoglot "standard" in America: Standardization and metaphors of linguistic hegemony. In Donald Brenneis and Ronald K.S. Macaulay, eds. The matrix of language: Contemporary linguistic anthropology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Pp. 284-306.
[From a shorter paper, "Standardization and Metaphors of Linguistic Hegemony", presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, 6 December 1996.]



----- Original Message -----
From: Ronald Kephart <rkephart at>
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2004 4:15 pm
Subject: RE: printability and standardization

> At 11:02 AM -0600 1/10/04, Felicia Briscoe wrote:
> >...There also seems to be an underlying assumption in much of the
> >recent writing that
> >bilingualism is either very difficult to attain or that it is
> >someway is detrimental to the person who is bilingual.  I find
> this
> >a very strange assumption. Why can't a person be fully literate
> in
> >AAVE and fully literate in standard English.  Why is it so often
> >posed as an either/or option?
> I think part of the answer lies in what anthropological linguist
> MJ
> Hardman calls our linguistic postulates: specifically, the
> importance
> of singularity. This manifests itself in all sorts of ways not
> only
> within our language but also how we think about language, as well
> as
> more widely: one "right" answer, one god, preference for
> individual
> over collective work, "most valuable players," the totalitarian
> nature of our corporations, even the prescriptive insistence on
> "he"
> rather than "they" as a generic pronoun. And of course, "one
> language."
> See: Hardman, 1978, Linguistic postulates and applied
> anthropological
> linguistics, in Papers on linguistics and child language, edited
> by
> V. Honsa and M.J. Hardman-de-Bautista, 117-36. The Hague: Mouton.
> --
> Ronald Kephart
> Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminal Justice
> University of North Florida

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