For this essay, you will explore issues in language and power, in particular why some languages and dialects are perceived as better than others. This can be referred to as linguistic inequality.
1. Find a NEWS article addressing examples of language and power. (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, etc.) These articles should address a current event. Do not include sources like Wikipedia, eHow, dictionaries, academic journals, or other informative websites.
2. Write a 300 word essay answering the following questions:
a. What is human language? From an anthropological perspective, are some languages or dialects better than others?
b. What are language inequalities and language ideologies? Where do they come from?
c. Provide two (2) examples of language inequalities or language ideologies.
d. What evidence is available to show that these exit?
3. Describe the article(s) that you read in detail and tie the findings to what you learned.
4. Your essay should:
Include at least 300 words and be double spaced.
Provide a title for your essay, include your name and date.
DO NOT include the questions, names, titles, and / or references already mentioned in the article (s).
DO NOT include meaningless filler statements.
Be careful! Pay attention to spelling, punctuation, capitalization and grammar.
Use factual information from the textbook and / or appropriate articles and websites.
Be original. Your work will be checked for plagiarism.
You will receive a "zero" if substantial portions of your work are used without proper citation or copied from other sources.
Cite your sources – type references according to the APA Style Guide. Essays without proper citations from appropriate sources – points will be deducted as outlined by provided rubric.
DO NOT forget to include your conclusion. Use your own words. DO NOT retell what the article(s) said.
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