Delfino: “Heritage Language Learning & Raciolinguistic Authenticity Among Filipino Americans"

SEP 23, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM





September 23, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



This presentation examines how language and race factor into notions of cultural authenticity among Filipino Americans in a Tagalog heritage language class, to explore how research participants navigate what I call "raciolinguistic authenticity." Using linguistic ethnography, it explores how the teaching and learning of Tagalog as a heritage language reproduces notions of raciolinguistic authenticity in relation to wider ideologies of diversity and multiculturalism. This ethnographic project furthers the interdisciplinary insights of raciolinguistics, which sees language as central to the construction of race, by critically examining how diversity and multiculturalism recruit ideologies of racial and linguistic difference to differentially structure experiences of racial marginality and oppression among migrant groups in the U.S.

Jennifer B. Delfino is a linguistic anthropologist who specializes in the study of language, racialization, and inequality in the urban United States. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She is the author of Speaking of Race: Language, Race, and Schooling Among African American Children (2020, Lexington Books). Her current project examines language and identity among Filipino Americans in the greater New York area.

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