Tag Archives: Race and ethnicity in the United States Census

Language News: The Subtleties of Marketing Beer to Latinos

Quite often, news-stories about beer commercials focus on the objectification of women.  While such objectification is certainly an important topic, the meta-discussion of beer commercials on NPR last August offered a refreshingly new topic: the ethnic patterns of beer marketing.  As … Continue reading

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Resources: “DO YOU SOUND ASIAN WHEN YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?” RACIAL IDENTIFICATION AND VOICE IN CHINESE AND KOREAN AMERICANS ENGLISH — Newman and Wu 86 2: 152 — American Speech

      The use of speech in racial identification has important legal consequences.  Many of my students are shocked when statements about the racial identity of unseen speakers is allowed in court testimony (e.g. the OJ Simpson trial).  In … Continue reading

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Resources: Lumbee English

Image via Wikipedia The North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP), led by linguist Walt Wolfram, has been investigating dialects of North Carolina since 1993.   One of their projects has been the documentation of the dialect of the Lumbee, … Continue reading

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