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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 376L • Language Ideology in the United States

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33475 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Course Description

An ideology is a closely organized system of beliefs, values, and ideas that forms the basis of a social, economic, or political philosophy or program. The premise of this course is that an ideology of language domination and subordination is woven into the fabric of American society. The course explores the interrelationship of language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States by examining topics such as: the relationship of language variation to regional and social identity; the nature of standard language ideology (SLI); the role of public education in the indoctrination of SLI to children; the reinforcement of SLI by the mass media; the promotion of linguistic stereotyping and prejudice by the entertainment industry; the exploitation of SLI by employers to discriminate against certain groups of people; the reinforcement of SLI by the judicial system to protect the status quo.

Grading Policy

A case of language ideology/language discrimination in four different areas such as these: dictionaries and reference works, textbooks, standardized testing, teacher certification, mass media, entertainment industry, workplace, naturalization, voting, cultural identity--each study constituting 25% of the semester grade.


Lippi-Green, Rosina, English with an Accent, London and New York: Routledge, 1997
Milroy, James, and Lesley Milroy, Authority in Language, 3rd ed. London and New York, 1999
Schmidt, Ronald, Language Policy and Identity Politics in the United States, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000


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