As National Human Rights Day comes upon us (December 10th), we consider the Linguistic Human Rights of individuals within and outside of our communities.
Orientations (what we do) and ideologies (what we believe) can intersect to have different outcomes depending on the combination of ideological orientations, especially for those who identify as multilinguals versus those who do not.
And yet, just by seeing my name, I set this teacher into a mental tailspin where she was in a full-blown panic trying to figure out “how to handle the situation”. Our language biases influence how we engage with others.
Who “gets” to be identified as multilingual?
Language policy has affected me my entire life and I wasn’t even aware of it. Born in Puerto Rico, I entered a space where language policy has been an explicit conversation for over a century. Tensions between how Spanish is used and how English is added or resisted have been embedded in conversations since the […]
This Sunday at the 2023 Grammy’s, Benito Martínez, better known as Bad Bunny, opened the show with a vibrant performance dedicated to his home country of Puerto Rico, completely in Spanish. The performer was nominated for three Grammys for his album Un Verano Sin Ti, released only and completely in Spanish. Of the nominations, one […]
Orient: (Merriam Webster, collegiate dictionary, 2021) 1: to direct toward the interests of a particular group 2: to set right by adjusting to facts or principles I travel a fair amount (or I did before the worldwide pandemic). Last trip I took (pre-COVID 19) was to Mexico. When I travel I do my research. I look up […]
Before there was Language Policy, there was Language Planning… In our last post, we introduced some examples of how language policy can manifest in everyday situations. But before we even begin to see the actual decisions that we identify as language policy, language planning occurs. “Language planning involves deliberate, although not always overt, future-oriented change […]