In this article, I explore the connections between linguistic anthropology and education through a summer course at Bridgewater State University (BSU) framed by Laura M. Ahearn’s Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (2021) as well as my personal experiences in courses at BSU and my 2021 summer internship at a private school focused on students with learning disabilities. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the ways in which both education courses and educational experiences in the field unknowingly reproduce western ways of thinking and being, specifically in terms of language use and ideologies. To frame these observations, I utilize linguistic terms discussed throughout my course and Ahearn’s own observations in the field. I conclude with suggestions for both professors and educators in the field to create a decolonizing classroom focused around linguistic and racial equity and justice.
What I Learned from Anthropological Linguistics: Implications for Teaching.
Undergraduate Review, 16, 159-167.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/undergrad_rev/vol16/iss1/21
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