Unstandardized English

The Altruistic Shield, LIVE

An episode of Unstandardized English

By JPB Gerald
Disrupting the language of systemic racism, one word at a time.
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Disrupting the language of systemic racism, one word at a time.

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Discriminating Outcomes
In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Kelly Wright about her article "Language and Discrimination: Generating Meaning, Perceiving Identities, and Discriminating Outcomes." Linguistic discrimination is everywhere, people!
December 11, 2019
The Altruistic Shield, LIVE
Live presentation of the Altruistic Shield paper at NYS TESOL, 11/15/19. Yay!
November 27, 2019
An 'accurate' conversation about 'fluency'
In this episode, Scott Stillar joins JPB to discuss the concept of fluency and how it can be used as a judgement and a barrier.
November 13, 2019
Bad Rap
An exploration of Ibram Kendi's conceptualization of 'cultural racism' via experiences of having linguistic dismissal of 'rap' used as a socially permissible means of denigrating blackness.
November 3, 2019
'What can we actually do about native speakerism?'
If you are in the field of language education, you know that native speakerism is a prevalent form of discrimination. But we've been talking about it forever and it continues to bedevil the field. In this episode, JPB and guest Dr. Parisa Mehran try to find a productive way forward on the issue.
October 23, 2019
'Black and/or smart'
In this slightly different episode, host JPB Gerald speaks to his experiences being classified as 'smart' from a young age and how that has often been placed in opposition to his status as Black.
October 9, 2019
"Everyone has an accent"
In this episode, host JPB Gerald discusses accents with newly-minted PhD-holder Dr. Vijay Ramjattan, who has conducted considerable research on the topic. The dialogue focuses on how the word "accent" is used to marginalize and other, the best ways to describe one's accent or the accent of someone else, and the ways in which possessing certain accents mark racialized speakers as less valuable, with an eye towards finding a way to counteract this discrimination.
September 25, 2019
"The many acronyms of language education"
In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Lydia Villaronga discuss several acronyms within the field of language education, including ESL, ELL, TESOL, and others. Many of these acronyms seem harmless but serve primarly to marginalize and racialize, and in this conversation, these negative results are unpacked and pulled apart.
September 11, 2019
Welcome to Unstandardized English. In this inaugural episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Rob Sheppard discuss the word 'expat,' its meanings and implications, inclusions and exclusions. Ultimately, who is allowed to be considered an expat, and who isn't? What racial groups can be expats? Listen and find out!
August 29, 2019
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