Language News: Carmen Fought on Newshour

This interview is first aired in 2006, but it features linguist Carmen Fought–a specialist in Mexican American English–speaking on the effects of an official English Only policy.  The immigration debate has only heated up since then, so the debate is still relevant.  Check out video on the link below: 

Carmen Fought on Newshour.

For more information on U.S. English, who is represented by Mauro Mujica in this video, you should check out their own pages and information on the history of the organization.  As you research this history, pay particularly close attention to the Witan Memo, which makes clear that the goals of this organization are not merely related to English language policies.  You can also search for information on John Tanton, a Michigan optometrist who has a long history with this organization and others like it, including FAIR. 


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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