Anthro-Political Linguist Speaks on Language Intolerance in U.S.

Ana Celia Zentella, professor emerita in the department of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego, will speak on “The American Dream Is Not Dreamt in English Only: Latin@s and Linguistic Intolerance in the USA,” on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.

Zentella is an anthro-political linguist internationally recognized for her research on U.S. Latino languages, language socialization, “Spanglish,” and “English-only” laws. Her community ethnography, “Growing up Bilingual: Puerto Rican Children in New York,” won awards from the British Association of Applied Linguistics and the American Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists. She has also edited three volumes, “Building on Strength: Language and Literacy in Latino Families and Communities,” “Multilingual San Diego: Portraits of Language Loss and Revitalization” and “Multilingual Philadelphia: Portraits of Language and Social Change.” Her latest book, “Spanish in New York: Language Contact, Dialectal Leveling, and Structural Continuity,” co-authored with Ricardo Otheguy, is a comprehensive sociolinguistic study.

Zentella was honored when Manhattan’s borough president declared Oct. 30, 1996, as “Doctor Ana Celia Zentella Day” for “her leading role in building appreciation for language diversity and respect for language rights.”

Zentella chaired the Language and Social Justice Committee of the American Anthropology Association from 2010-12.

This lecture is sponsored by the Five College Lecture Fund and co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, department of anthropology, and the department of languages, literatures and cultures at UMass Amherst; the department of Spanish at Amherst College, the department of sociology and American studies at Hampshire College, the department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American studies at Mount Holyoke College, and Latin American and Latino/a Studies and department of sociology at Smith College.