Webinar: Language prejudice and the documentation of minoritized varieties of English

Webinar: Language prejudice and the documentation of minoritized varieties of English

The Oxford English Dictionary has always included words from across the English-speaking world, and in the past few years we have been undertaking a series of projects to improve our coverage of several varieties of English.

We are now making a significant part of this content freely available to the public, including lexical and other content from minoritized varieties of English in the recently launched Varieties of English section of the OED site.

Many still consider some varieties of English to be inferior to others. Such language prejudice has a clear social and economic impact on certain language communities, whose members are frequently marginalized because of their accents or their choice of words.

To mark the launch of the OED’s Varieties of English page, we invite you to join the OED team, Dr Danica Salazar, World English Editor, and Dr Catherine Sangster, OED Executive Editor for an overview of the OED’s coverage of varieties of English and the resources that are now freely available. They will also be joined in a panel discussion by our guest speakers:

  • Dr Jeannette Allsopp, retired Senior Research Fellow in Lexicography and founder and former Director of the Richard and Jeannette Allsopp Centre for Caribbean Lexicography at the University of the West Indies
  • Dr Rosemary Hall, Research Assistant, The Dialect and Heritage Project, University of Leeds
  • Dr Kingsley Ugwuanyi, English Lecturer and Researcher, University of Nigeria
  • Kelly Elizabeth Wright, PhD Candidate in Experimental Sociolinguistics, University of Michigan

The members of the panel will address the following topics and questions, offering insights from their particular geographical and sociolinguistic contexts:

  • Attitudes towards language variation
  • Why are particular varieties valued over others?
  • How does the perception of a language variety impact communication?
  • Why is it important to document minoritized varieties of English?
  • Code switching
  • Dialect parody

Who is this for?

  • Linguists and lexicographers
  • Those with a particular interest in minoritized varieties of English
  • Anyone interested in attitudes and perceptions around language
  • All users of the English language

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