Jean Mark Gawron

LSA Issues Statement on Racial Justice

On June 3, following the murder of George Floyd, the Linguistics Society of America issued a powerful statement outlining our responsibilities as linguists in confronting structural anti-Black violence, together with some key examples. For example, it cites a study by John Rickford and Sharese King examining responses by jurors, the press, and the public to the testimony of the star witness in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. That response was largely shaped by judgements and misperceptions of the AAVE the witness spoke. As careful observers of language, we are uniquely situated to study how racial difference, racial oppression, and racial identity are created and sustained.

LSA Statement on Extremism

The LSA statement on Extremism and Racism reminds us of the role of the profession in responding to racism and racial extremism. The discussion cites a number linguists whose works have contributed to our understanding of how language helps define structural racial relationships, including John Baugh's work on linguistic profiling

     
     

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Wordnet fragment: closeup of a set of semantically related words in Wordnet 3. This network represents only hyponym links and the starting point was the word dog. Hover your cursor over a node to see the corresponding word. Try selecting a node and moving it around. The network was rendered by Mike Bostock's set of javascript visualization tools, D3, via Drew Conway's networkx hooks. The colors are chosen by Thomas Aynaud's implementation of the Louvain community detection algorithm, which does a pretty good job of finding the numerous bits of local structure in this graph. Putting thse pieces together was inspired by Neal Caren's citation graph of Sociology papers.

Maybe more fun is this Vaccine word network, constructed from the word coocurrence patterns in a group of Tweets on the subject of vaccines and California Assembly Bill 277.

Those feeling adventurous may want to take a look at this much larger graph centered on the word person., or this other graph providing a close up of physical_entity, which is near the top of the WordNet hierarchy.


Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages
San Diego State University
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San Diego, CA 92182-7727

   

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