Bethany Davila, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Writing, won the 2016 Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) for her article, “The Inevitability of ‘Standard’ English: Discursive Constructions of Standard Language Ideologies,” originally published in Written Communication Volume 33, Issue 2. Davila’s article “examines the role of language in perpetuating perceptions of standard English as linguistically neutral regardless of personal or field-wide views about linguistic equality and the value of linguistic diversity.”  Drawing on interview data, Davila describes the discursive practices of standard language ideologies that allow for a positioning of standard English as normal, natural, non-interfering, and widely accessible. You can read the article in full here.

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