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For this essay, you will explore further the issues of language and power you were introduced to in Chapter 9. In particular, you will discuss why some languages and dialects are perceived as better than others, what is often referred to as linguistic inequality.
Think about a social issue that is impacted by linguistic inequality, and find evidence for it in the form of a news article or academic paper. (A news article is an article from a media source like a newspaper or magazine such as the New York Times, FOX, The Washington Post, VICE, National Geographic, etc. that addresses a current event. It does not include general information websites and sources like Wikipedia, eHow, dictionaries, academic journals, online encyclopedias, etc.)
Write a 300-word essay that answers the following questions, referring to the article and course materials, NOT random sources:
What is human language? From an anthropological perspective, are some languages or dialects better than others?
What are language ideologies and where do they come from? See Chapter 9.
What is the example of language inequality or language ideologies in your article and how does it impact the groups mentioned there?
Discuss with details and tie the findings in the article to what you learned in the module.
Your essay should:
Be a total of 300 words or more.
The 300-word limit DOES NOT include the questions, names, titles, and references.
It also does not include meaningless filler statements
Be written in complete sentences and paragraphs.
Be proofread for clarity.
Use factual information from the textbook and/or appropriate articles and websites.
Be original work – your submission will be checked for plagiarism.
Cite all your sources – type references according to the APA Style Guide Links to an external site..
Essays without proper citations and/or large portions copied from other sources will receive a zero.
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View the grading rubric above (Points Possible).