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date: 18 February 2019

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Ideas about language and race are both historically interconnected and contemporarily intertwined. Language is a fundamental characteristic on which race is determined and characterized. This chapter focuses on two crucial aspects of language and racialization: how the humanistic and scientific study of language has served to racialize individuals and groups of people, and how language and notions of language have contributed to academic and non-academic notions of race and culture. Racism based language is one of the last acceptable forms of racism. The chapter presents a perspective for the ways in which language and race have been co-constructed in both research and praxis, and contends that the contemporary definitions of race that do not include considerations of both race and language as fundamental to culture only serve to further subjugate and racialize groups.

Keywords: language, racialization, racism, culture, subjugation

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