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UC IRVINE
LANGUAGE SCIENCE
TALKS ON LINGUISTIC
DIVERSITY

“BLACK AND BROWN VOICES MATTER “

John Baugh
Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences,
Washington University in St. Louis


Dr. John Baugh is the Margaret Cush Wilson Professor in Psychology,
Anthropology, Education, English, Linguistics, and African and African-American
Studies. He researches the social stratification of linguistic behavior in multicultural
and multilingual nations, drawing extensively on related work in the fields of
anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, and sociology.
This presentation examines some of the linguistic consequences of the African slave
trade, with primary attention to sociolinguistic circumstances in the United States.
Dimensions of linguistic racism will be introduced, thereby revealing some similarities
and differences between African American linguistic experiences and those of other
indigenous and immigrant groups whose speakers have been criticized for what Ana
Celia Zentella has identified as “TWB” (i.e. Talking while bilingual). Three areas of
intellectual inquiry will be shared: linguistic evidence, corresponding educational policies
and their limitations, and brief illustrations of ways in which linguistic research has had
legal relevance.


October 12, 2o2o | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join via Zoom: https://ucisocsci.zoom.us/j/99485750284
Sponsored by: Department of Language Science | Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award |
School of Education | Department of Spanish and Portuguese