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How we judge others when they speak (and we should stop)

Carrie Gillon | TEDxChandlerPublicLibrary

Learn how linguistic discrimination is as bad as any other kind of discrimination, even though it may seem more socially acceptable. Carrie Gillon, linguistics expert, describes some of the features in language that we use to discriminate against others. Often a person’s language is judged because of who they are, rather than any inherent problem with their language.

Carrie Gillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Arizona State
University. She investigates the syntax and semantics of understudied languages, with a focus on indigenous North American languages. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, where she
studied Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Salish), a language spoken in southwestern BC. Her current work is focused on Michif, a French-Algonquian creole mainly spoken in anitoba. She also loves cats, knitting, and black tea.