ERIC Number: EJ1090712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
The Role of Language in Interactions with Others on Campus for Rural Appalachian College Students
Dunstan, Stephany Brett; Jaeger, Audrey J.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n1 p47-64 Jan 2016
Dialects of English spoken in rural, Southern Appalachia are heavily stigmatized in mainstream American culture, and speakers of Appalachian dialects are often subject to prejudice and stereotypes which can be detrimental in educational settings. We explored the experiences of rural, Southern Appalachian college students and the role speaking a stigmatized dialect has in their interactions with others on campus. Semistructured interviews were conducted with students from rural, Southern Appalachia attending a 4-year university in a Southern city, and sociolinguistic analysis of participants' speech was performed to provide detailed linguistic description that helped explain the influence of language on these interactions. Findings suggest that interactions with peers and faculty are influenced by students' dialect on several levels. The findings have implications for improving diversity and inclusion programming on campus as well as highlighting the importance of research that considers language as a differentiating student characteristic in higher education research and practice.
Descriptors: College Students, Language Role, Nonstandard Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Social Bias, Student Characteristics, Stereotypes, Rural Areas, Student Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Peer Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Diversity, Inclusion, Power Structure, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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