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Title:The Acoustics of Identity: Linguistic Passports Beyond Empire and Essentialism
Author(s):Filmer, Alice Ashton
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):McCarthy, Cameron
Department / Program:Communications
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Language and Literature
Abstract:On the basis of evidence from the case studies, the author argues: (1) Standard American English (SAE) is not neutral, but rather clearly associated with a professional, educated, "white," US-American, middle class experience; (2) Even more so than grammatical knowledge, the mastery of an accent (phonological repertoire) suggests lived experience, or "native speaker" status, which in turn suggests the "authenticity" of a speaker's identity; (3) Codeswitching can be understood as both a sociocultural credential and liability; and (4) "White/whiteness"---as a social identity---is not monolithic and does not necessarily refer to skin color. It also operates as a metaphor indexing privilege within a complex set of possibilities. A theory of acoustic identity informs contemporary debates and discussions over public and cultural policy in sectors that include education, government, and industry.
Issue Date:2008
Description:361 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3337774
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2008

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