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Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race

H. Samy Alim, John R. Rickford, and Arnetha F. Ball


Raciolinguistics reveals the central role that language plays in shaping our ideas about race and vice versa. The book brings together a team of leading scholars—working both within and beyond the United States—to share research that helps us understand the increasingly vexed relationships between race, ethnicity, and language. Combining the innovative, cutting-edge approaches of race and ethnic studies with fine-grained linguistic analyses, chapters cover a wide range of topics, including the language use of African American Jews and the struggle over the very term “African American,” raciali ... More

Keywords: language, race, raciolinguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnicity, immigration, ethnoracial identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190625696
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. Samy Alim, editor
Professor of Education, Stanford University

John R. Rickford, editor
J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities, Stanford University

Arnetha F. Ball, editor
Professor of Education, Stanford University