Theses and Dissertations
(Re)constructing American Linguistic Identity: Disrupting the American linguistic standard in first year composition
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dra. Alyssa G. Cavazos
Dr. Randall W. Monty
Dr. Mark Noe
The thesis is a theoretical and analytical perspective on the construction of American Linguistic Identity through a Nationalist lens. By re-theorizing the concept of the nation as a “text”, and nationalism as the “composition” of that nation, this work challenges the dominant historical American linguistic narrative. This narrative is informed by an American Linguistic memory that is based on an Anglo-Saxon linguistic hegemony throughout American history. American linguistic memory has perpetuated a tacit English-Only policy in higher education, primarily through first year college composition courses. The tacit English-Only policy has influenced educators’ perceptions of students in the composition classroom as native speakers of English. These perceptions, however, are problematic and fail to address the presence of students’ linguistic differences. Through a re-evaluation of the American linguistic narrative, we might begin to reconceive of current conceptions of language practices in the writing classroom.
Ramirez, Brittany N., "(Re)constructing American Linguistic Identity: Disrupting the American linguistic standard in first year composition" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 71.
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