Blog Archives

Reflections on the public response to Rachel Jeantel’s language

Over the past few weeks, the George Zimmerman trial has been in the news. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I recommend checking out the extensive Wikipedia page on the case. To provide a brief summary, George Zimmerman is accused of

Posted in Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Language privilege: What it is and why it matters

Privilege. It’s a controversial word, one many of us don’t like to talk about. Some people associate it with guilt or with being accused of being racist, sexist, or homophobic. Many people have become tired of hearing all of the

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Human migration, Ideology and social change, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Is it racist to call “no homo” homophobic?

After I wrote in my last post that “no homo” propagates a homophobic ideology, I encountered a number of people claiming that resistance to “no homo” stemmed from racism masquerading as a concern for gay rights. In particular Hakeem Muhammed writes, “While

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

“Texting complaints come from stereotypes” printed in Gulf News

A newspaper out of the United Arab Emirates, Gulf News, printed a brief article by me on texting and attitudes toward it. You can check it out here or I’ve posted the original text (before their edits) here

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Prescriptivism and language prejudice, Technology and language

“It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it”: Delusions of grandeur among language elitists

How close would we come to the apocalypse without grammar snobs’ friendly reminders that we don’t use language “properly”? My never-ending fascination with the minds of grammar snobs has led me to an interesting finding. At least in the minds

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 466 other followers

Follow linguistic pulse on Twitter