Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Aris Clemons

Ph.D. Candidate



MAS 319 • Racial Linguistics

40347 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GEA 127

In the United States there exists a complex relationship between race, power, and politics. And while it has been widely accepted that discrimination based on phenotypical (physical) race categorizations should be prohibited in institutional and public spaces, Zentella (2016) notes that race has in fact been remapped from biology onto language. Racial remapping results in a hierarchical ranking and stigmatization of language varieties. This course explores literature related to racial and linguistic ideologies affecting the Latinx community across the United States.

This course will engage processes entailed in the remapping of language from biology onto language and the consequences of that change. The course is interdisciplinary and uses texts drawn from fields including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociology, psychology, race and ethnic studies, and history. The central question of the course relies on an exploration of what language means to racialized subjects.


  • Rickford,J.R. (2016). Raciolinguistics: How language shapes our ideas about race. Oxford University Press.
  • Hill, J. H. (2009). The everyday language of white racism. John Wiley &Sons.
  • Mendoza-Denton, N. (2014). Homegirls: Language and cultural practice among Latina youth gangs. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Lippi-Green, R. (2012). English with an accent: Language, ideology and discrimination in the United States. Routledge.
  • Zentella, A. C. {1997). Growing up bilingual Malden. MA: Blackwell.


  • Participation and attendance 10%
  • Problem Sets and Precis 20%
  • Popular Culture Analysis 20%
  • Linguistic Analysis      20%

SPN 610D • First-Year Spanish II

46285 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 10:00AM-12:00PM MEZ B0.302

Focus on the development of multilingual literacy through the analysis and use of Spanish to achieve linguistic competence (commands, subjunctive, hypotheticals, future), communication and interactional competence (disagreeing, suggesting, turn taking), and metalinguistic competence (critical analysis of oral and written texts, dialectal differences).

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