Virtual Colloquium by Sharese King (Chicago): Rethinking Race and Place and its Role in Achieving Social Justice in Linguistics

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Oxley Hall
January 29, 2021
3:55PM - 5:15PM
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Virtual zoom meeting

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Add to Calendar 2021-01-29 15:55:00 2021-01-29 17:15:00 Virtual Colloquium by Sharese King (Chicago): Rethinking Race and Place and its Role in Achieving Social Justice in Linguistics Recent explorations of regional variation across African American speech communities have brought to the forefront the linguistic heterogeneity across African American Language (AAL). Having problematized the presentation of AAL as a uniform variety (Wolfram 2007; 2015), intra-group analyses highlight the diverse social and linguistic constructions among African American speakers. In this talk, I zoom in on three personae local to the African American community in Rochester, New York, contextualizing each style against the backdrop of a post-industrial city in the Rustbelt region. I investigate how the three personae, The Mobile Professional, The Hood Kid, and The Biker recruit or reject vocalic patterns of the Northern Cities Shift, as well as to construct identities relevant to their social landscape. The findings challenge how we define the dialect, while also complicating our understanding of the relationship between race, identity, and language. Further, this work imagines more ways to enact social justice in the study of variationism by expanding our representation of African Americans' multidimensional identities.  Sharese King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. Accommodation statement: If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Ashwini Deo at deo.13@osu.edu. In general, requests made two weeks before the event will allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.  Virtual zoom meeting Department of Linguistics linguistics@osu.edu America/New_York public
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Recent explorations of regional variation across African American speech communities have brought to the forefront the linguistic heterogeneity across African American Language (AAL). Having problematized the presentation of AAL as a uniform variety (Wolfram 2007; 2015), intra-group analyses highlight the diverse social and linguistic constructions among African American speakers. In this talk, I zoom in on three personae local to the African American community in Rochester, New York, contextualizing each style against the backdrop of a post-industrial city in the Rustbelt region. I investigate how the three personae, The Mobile Professional, The Hood Kid, and The Biker recruit or reject vocalic patterns of the Northern Cities Shift, as well as to construct identities relevant to their social landscape. The findings challenge how we define the dialect, while also complicating our understanding of the relationship between race, identity, and language. Further, this work imagines more ways to enact social justice in the study of variationism by expanding our representation of African Americans' multidimensional identities. 

Sharese King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

Accommodation statement: If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Ashwini Deo at deo.13@osu.edu. In general, requests made two weeks before the event will allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

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