ASL INTERPRETATION PROVIDED
Sponsored by Pomona Student Union and the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Ask anyone in the United States and they will likely have an idea of what is good English and what is bad English. But what do we really mean when we talk about "proper" English? And whose English is labeled as correct, and whose English is labeled as broken?
One famous case that provoked national debate was the "Ebonics Controversy", when in 1996 the Oakland School District in Northern California passed a resolution recognizing Ebonics (more commonly known now as African American English) as a language system, and classifying its many of its students as speakers of Ebonics. This provoked national outrage from many different communities and people across the political spectrum. While case happened almost two decades ago, it still offers an understanding of how the language ideologies that exist in our nation. What was the intention of the Oakland School District? And why were people so angry? And what are the implications for how our students are educated?
Join us on a panel with sociolinguist Dr. Walt Wolfram and educator Dr. Sharroky Hollie as they discuss these issues. This event will not be centered on the Ebonics Controversy, but it will certainly be focused on understanding the ideologies and debates that have given rise to it. The discussion will also revolve around experiences of students in the classroom who are not deemed as speaking "proper" English, particularly students of color. What obstacles do they face, and how do they navigate them? Additionally, how should society and academia approach the notion of linguistic diversity within the United States?
Panel Discussion/Presentation with Q&A afterwards