Talking back to Newt Gingrich : discourse strategies in the construction of language ideologies
Sclafani, Jennifer Marie.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. This study investigates the discursive construction of language ideologies in public discourses on language education policy in the United States. Data include newspaper and internet discussion board texts created in reaction to a 2007 speech in which former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education with teaching "the language of living in a ghetto." A discourse analysis of person and language reference, constructed dialogue, and metaphor reveals how these strategies work together to construct, uphold, and contest commonsense beliefs about language and education.
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