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Unpacking and Confronting Linguistic Racism

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The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU and the YWCA Cass Clay have announced Kelly Elizabeth Wright will be the Learning the Language of Diversity and Meaningful Inclusion program’s April speaker.

Wright is scheduled to participate in the conversation series on Monday, April 19, at noon Central Time via Zoom. Her presentation - – will begin the program, followed by moderated conversation and audience questions.

In this talk, Wright will provide a historical, sociolinguistic account of Linguistic Racism in the United States by cataloguing how it manifests in the founding documents of this nation, which equate Whiteness with Standard Language use. Attendees will learn about the ramifications of the defaulting of White Mainstream English by considering the process of naturalization, US educational histories, and failures of our legal system. Wright will share contemporary examples of Linguistic Racism from her research on media representations of Black athletes and voice-based discrimination in the housing market. This talk will end with a discussion of inclusive language, focusing on action steps we can take every day as educators, administrators, and citizens to create equitable and representative spaces. 

Kelly Wright's research focuses on the link between Linguistic Production and Perception. She applies mixed methodologies including machine learning; massive corpora studies; perceptual and cognitive experimentation; and quantitative phonetic and qualitative sociolinguistic analyses. She upholds the civic responsibility of higher education through the creation and distribution of public-facing scholarship. Currently, Wright is developing a dissertation on Raciolinguistic Ideologies and Black Professional Speech. Her previous research has examined Language Planning and Policy; Reification of ideology through popular print media; Linguistic Profiling in the housing market; and Sociosemantic Field development and change over time.

The event is provided free of charge by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute, NDSU Office of the President, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the YWCA Cass Clay, Humanities ND, and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology to all NDSU stakeholders and the public.

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