Linguistic Bias, Part 1 – A SAFE Topics Podcast

We hope you are all doing well and are ready to listen to our latest release! In this episode, the SAFE Topics podcast team has a conversation with faculty on the topic of linguistic bias! The question we ask is how do we welcome diverse voices and prevent privileging one dialect over the other? Join hosts Sean, curry, and Mana along with Maria Figueroa (English), Denise Stephenson (Director of Writing Center), Eric Robertson (Communication Studies), and Andrea Petri (International Languages) as we go into part one of this great episode and keep an eye out for Part Two to be released later this week!

Ways to Listen!

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What to Listen For

  • How is a discipline that teaches formal language structures racist?
  • The ordering and structuring of teaching language.
  • Moving away from the prescriptive to the descriptive.
  • The concept of language or dialect.
  • How do you approach students who seek help in spaces like the writing center?
  • “Searching for a standard.”
  • Contextualizing is very important when teaching language.
  • Code switching – assimilate, strategize, or eliminate?
  • How language can create a power distance.
  • Language is only one form of communication.
  • Breaking away from standards for students who need it.
  • Positionality and giving students agency.
  • Fairness vs equity.
  • The idea of articulation.
  • The team discusses code-switching.

Mentioned in the Episode

The S.A.F.E. Topics Team

curry mitchell – Faculty, Letters (Co-host)
Sean Davis – Faculty, Sociology (Co-host)
Mana Tadayon – Student, ASG President (Co-host)
Kelly Barnett – Intern and Music Technology Student (Audio Editor)
James Garcia – Associate Faculty, Sociology (Show Notes, Online)

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