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date: 19 July 2019

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This chapter describes several instances of linguistic bigotry against speakers of African American Vernacular English. Race, language, and the Ebonics controversy are reviewed prior to the presentation of experimental evaluations of linguistic profiling related to housing discrimination across the United States. Evidence pertaining to racially motivated linguistic discrimination is presented in reference to technical phonetic evaluations of diverse American dialects. The experimental findings, although derived from research on housing discrimination, prove relevant to other forms of linguistic prejudice; evidence of vitriolic linguistic ridicule surfaced during the George Zimmerman murder trial in response to the testimony of Rachel Jeantel. Due to substantial linguistic bias in America (and elsewhere), the need for educational programs that expose linguistic prejudice and prepare students who may become victims of linguistic discrimination will be necessary. Concluding remarks synthesize observations regarding linguistic profiling in housing, on the job, in the courts, and in educational contexts.

Keywords: linguistic profiling, linguistic discrimination, housing discrimination, African American Vernacular English, Rachel Jeantel

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