Jessica Grieser

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom

One way of being actively anti-racist in the classroom is being aware of language variation and appreciative of linguistic diversity. In her presentation, Jessi Grieser, assistant professor of English, will explore the workings of standard language ideology and the principle of linguistic subordination. She will explain how we can move away from “correct English” in our assessment strategies and toward inclusive strategies that respect language variation.

This presentation is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Conversations Allyship & Antiracism series.



Habitual be video, with quote from Dr. Janice Jackson (from linguist filmmaker Jonathan Gayles)
Obama’s Uh count, David Letterman

Appalachian English
Appalachian Englishes in the 21st Century, ed. Kirk Hazen
Appalachian English website, Univ of South Carolina

African American English
Spoken Soul by John R. Rickford and Russell J. Rickford
Talkin’ That Talk by Geneva Smitherman
Black Talk by Geneva Smitherman
Word From the Mother by Geneva Smitherman
Beyond Ebonics by John Baugh

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, ed. Alim and Paris
Linguistic Justice by April Baker-Belll