Toward linguistic justice for indigenous people: A response to Charity Hudley, Mallinson, and Bucholtz

Alice Gaby, Lesley Woods

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Charity Hudley, Mallinson, and Bucholtz’s (2020) target article details the urgent need for linguistics as a field to develop its theoretical, analytical, and political engagement with issues of race and racism. We agree with Charity Hudley et al.’s assertion that the ‘hegemonic whiteness’ of linguistics as a field ‘has been profoundly damaging both for linguistic scholarship and for linguistics as a profession’ (p. e211). In this response, we wish to expand upon this point specifically in regard to how linguists and linguistics relate to Indigenous peoples and their languages. We outline key respects in which academic linguistics has, or might be seen to have, perpetuated harm against Indigenous peoples. We also outline strategies for mitigating harm and supporting the language work done by members of Indigenous communities.*.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-280
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Colonization
  • Fieldwork
  • Indigenous languages
  • Intellectual property
  • Language documentation
  • Language revitalization
  • Metalanguage

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