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Linguistic Diversity and Social JusticeAn Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics$
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Ingrid Piller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199937240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937240.001.0001

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Linguistic Diversity and Participation

Linguistic Diversity and Participation

(p.130) Chapter 6 Linguistic Diversity and Participation
Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice

Ingrid Piller

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how language mediates access to social services and affects the quality of participation in the life of the community. The linguistically subordinate often find themselves excluded from being listened to in institutions and social domains that are crucial to full participation. The analysis highlights the need for multilingual service provision to tear down barriers to equal participation. Dogmatic monolingual public spaces are particularly detrimental to the well-being and autonomy of women migrants and the chapter includes an examination of the intersection of linguistic diversity and gender. Linguistic discrimination in the form of linguistically motivated violence and micro-aggressions may severely impact the quality of participation. Micro-aggressions invalidate the contributions of subordinate speakers and exclude them from equal participation. Exclusion from full participation in the life of the community is closely tied to the perils of long-term social alienation.

Keywords:   alienation, community participation, discrimination, exclusion, micro-aggression, monolingual institutions, multilingualism, public communication, social service provision, women migrants

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