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Jan. 31, 2022

Accent bias and language as a social construct with Vijay Ramjattan | Ep. #10

Hedvig speaks with sociolinguistics researcher Dr Vijay Ramjattan about accents, societal biases, and perception.


Hedvig speaks with sociolinguistics researcher Dr Vijay Ramjattan about accents, societal biases, and perception. We tend not to recognise that language is not just a skill, but a social tool with a deep history in power dominance, colonialism and discrimination. This episode contains a few stories about racist discrimination.

 

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Vijay Ramjattan

Researcher and Adult Educator

Vijay Ramjattan is an Academic Listening and Speaking instructor at the University of Toronto. His research interests pertain to the intersections of language, race, and work. Vijay received his PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Language, Culture and Justice Hub at Brandeis University.