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Resources Shared by Participants

Day 1

Humans Aren’t the Only Ones With Dialects - The Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don't belong to everyone

Day 2

What is Black American Sign Language from the Language and Life Project

Black ASL Project

Black ASL

Signing Black in America

Kamala Harris name sign

Alaska Native Language Center

Hawaii's diversity in its many languages

Boston Accent Trailer

Dunkin Donuts SNL Skit

Linguistic Justice ( the author)

AAVE Explained: A Dialect That Transcends Internet Culture

Project Zero Thinking Strategies

Educator Resources Smithsonian

American Indian Lesson Resources

Lil Bubby Child

Day 3


Affrilachian Roots

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dr. Bettina Love

Origins of BL (YouTube video)

Ann Arbor court case about BL in schools (YouTube video)

KRS - One about the origin of the dozens (YouTube video)

Ta-Nehisi Coates Links (YouTube video)

John Oliver's Bias in Medicine

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation

Here are some more materials related to dialects.

  1. video about history and origins of AAE/BL:
  2. Video on the formation of pidgin and creole languages: 

(note that there's quite a lot of -- sometimes contentious -- discussion among linguists about how we go about assigning the labels "pidgin" and "creole" - who gets to decide what counts as a 'fully-fledged language' and what doesn't, and so on). 

  1. Video about Chicano English in Austin, TX:
  2. Video about Hispanic English in the Carolinas
  3. Video about Chicano English from DYSA:
  4. Carmen Fought’s “Talking with Mi Gente”:
  5. Lilly Gonzalez’s “Viva Spanglish!”:
  6. Phillip M. Carter’s “Spanish in the U.S.”:
  7. Video clip - bilingual or not

 If you're not familiar with this one, do listen to the voice samples BEFORE looking at the answer key. The answer key has a bit more context too. NEH ins_Bilingual or not_answer key.docx 

Download NEH ins_Bilingual or not_answer key.docx

  1. Phil Reading program:
  2. Curricula that incorporates (some) linguistic diversity:
  3. A short article by Fought on Chicano English Fought_2010_Chicano English.pdf

Download Fought_2010_Chicano English.pdf

Day 4

A language family tree

Webster, Worcester and the Dictionary Wars Part 1

Webster, Worcester and the Dictionary Wars Part 2

Hear and Read Gullah

Saying names correctly (Uzoamaka Aduba)

Love is Never Silent 

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Harvard Project Zero Thinking Strategies

Day 5

Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom

by Matthew R. Kay

Courageous Conversations about Race

by Glenn E. Singleton


  1. “Identify multicultural children’s books
  2. Primary source recordings of English language dialects and accents
  3. Teaira’s doc 
  4. Dennis Preston stuff 
  5. Yale Grammar Diversity Project~ exploration of syntactic diversity present in the variations of English that North AMericans speak
  6. Black Linguistic Justice~ Black language demands, black language magazine, black language homework, black language curators 
  7. Do you speak American~ PBS broadcast journalist Robert MacNeil celebrates American linguistic diversity inclusive of localized dialects, mass media and language, african american english, the effect of Hispanic/Latino immigration, the decline(?) of American English, the influence of California, teaching computers to speak American, the role of women 
  8. MaxPlanckSociety~ Youtube video of an MRI of a person beatboxing
  9. The Language and Life Project ~ NC state documenting dialects, language and cultures of the US. Building awareness and appreciation for linguistic diversity


Listen to 'Nice White Parents'

by Serial and the The New York Times

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Co-Teaching Resource Document 22-23 (teachers).pdf

The problem with calling tacos American. (YouTube video)

Day 7

Appalachian Vocabulary Test

Hasan Davis-Journey of York Book program


Day 8

NEH Linguistic Justice 


Wicked Hydra


Day 9

Orchestrating Impartiality 

Etymology of mayoress

Here's the Script ( A Doll’s House)

Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two

David Sedaris

 "I Break for Traditional Marriage" from Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls


Natalia Knoblock

Veronika Drake