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Click here for details on our workshop on Linguistic Prejudice (July 9-10, University of Sheffield)


 

Simply stated linguistic prejudice refers to the preconceived opinions that people can have about an entire category of individuals based on their use of language. Such opinions are irrational generalisations since they are not based on actual experience of the individuals; they are feelings and beliefs about individuals based on the way they speak.

Linguistic discrimination takes the beliefs and feelings involved in linguistic prejudice and turns them into actions. Linguistic discrimination manifests itself in the negative or distinct treatment of individuals due to the way they speak, for example via people not being given a job or allowed to rent a house on the basis of their accent or being treated as second class citizens or somehow intellectually inferior and less socially valuable.

The situation in Brazil

Brazilian society has been described as being extremely polarized socioliguistically (Lucchesi, 2017) since there exists a correlation between language variety, social success and wealth, and, for some, this correlation is considered to be an inherent and deterministic one: the rich are socially and economically more successful and have more opportunities due to their enhanced mental abilities and rationality. Read more…

The aims of the project

It is our view that previous initiatives to combat linguistic prejudice have failed due to an underestimation of the widespread and ingrained nature of linguistic prejudices, the lack of a well-defined strategy to combat these prejudices and a reliance on challenging them via pure statement in which it is hoped that the public will appreciate the expert knowledge of linguists about language. Read more…

Call for Papers

We welcome abstracts for papers in English on any aspect of language discrimination and particularly welcome abstracts focusing on Education, Brazilian Portuguese and abstracts that address the two main research questions of the project. Read more…

Training Workshop in Araraquara

One of the aims of the project is to explore the ways in which recent developments in language change and variation can combat linguistic prejudice by providing knowledge and understanding of why varieties are different and have changed. Dr. Paul O’Neill carried out a research trip to the UNESP University at Araraquara to give a training workshop on Language prejudice and new advances in Historical Linguistics Read more…