Towards linguistic justice for Indigenous people: a response to Charity Hudley, Mallinson and Bucholz

Alice Gaby, Lesley Woods

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Charity Hudley, Mallinson, and Bucholtz’s (2020) target article details the urgent need for lin- guistics 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 lin- guistics 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 out- line 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 lan- guage work done by members of Indigenous communities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-280
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • intellectual property
  • metalanguage
  • Colonization
  • fieldwork
  • Indigenous languages
  • language revitalization
  • language documentation

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