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Gaps in framing and naming: commentary to "a viewpoint on accent services"

Yu, B., Nair, V. K. K. ORCID:, Brea, M. R., Soto-Boykin, X., Privette, C., Sun, L., Khamis, R., Sheen Chiou, H., Fabiano-Smith, L., Epstein, L. and Hyter, Y. D. (2022) Gaps in framing and naming: commentary to "a viewpoint on accent services". American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 31 (4). pp. 1913-1918. ISSN 1558-9110

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Purpose: In this commentary, we offer a critique of A Viewpoint on Accent Services: Framing and Terminology Matter (Grover et al., 2021). We argue that the authors’ proposal to rename and reframe accent modification lacks criticality, which actually hinders rather than advances the movement towards equitable, culturally sustaining, and emancipatory practices. Method: We offer an analysis of the shortfall between the authors’ calls for linguistic justice in A Viewpoint on Accent Services and the actual changes they proposed. We break down major gaps in criticality, reflexivity, practice, and vision and discuss their potential for undercutting meaningful progress as it relates to linguistic justice. Results: We found that the frameworks for the pursuit of equity, cultural-sustenance, and emancipatory practices were misrepresented in the article in such a way that suggests that these goals could be achieved through superficial changes in terminology and attitudes. A Viewpoint on Accent Services upholds a power-neutral frame of operation that does not address the deeper systemic forces that make accent modification problematic. The lack of criticality towards accent intervention fosters complacency towards real transformation. Conclusion: We advocate for a serious and critical interrogation of accent practices and commitment to an emancipatory practice that addresses linguistic discrimination above all else. We emphasize the need to decenter standardized languages and to co-envision linguistic liberation using critical methods in scholarship, pedagogy, clinical practice and policy.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:106023
Publisher:American Speech Language Hearing Association


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