Not Just Language: Linguistic Justice in the Classroom

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast MLA

April Baker-Bell’s landmark study Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity and Pedagogy challenges English, writing and literature faculty to re-examine the ways the required use of “Standard” American English (SAE) impacts African-American learners. Baker-Bell’s critique extends and complicates our discipline’s ongoing work to ensure that composition, literature, and language classrooms are equitable spaces for all learners, not just those whose linguistic skills and goals align with SAE. It calls on us to consider how implicit or explicit expectations for language use might silence and disadvantage speakers of Black English while privileging speakers of SAE.


This roundtable invites contributions that explore, apply, extend, engage or reimagine Baker-Bell’s notion of linguistic justice with a focus on teaching and learning. In the spirit of Linguistic Justice, contributions that blend, meld or remix modes are encouraged.


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