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 Anchimbe, Eric. Postcolonial pragmatics The framework, postcolonial pragmatics, emerged about a decade (Anchimbe & Janney 2011a, b, 2018). It builds on the reality that most western pragmatic monocultural and individualistic-based frameworks are insufficient in accounting for interactive phenomena in collectivist postcolonial contexts. Designed on the specimen of the history and societal set up of postcolonial communities, postcolonial pragmatics operates on the premise that just as colonialism led to the emergence of new varieties of colonial languages (cf. New Englishes, Postcolonial Englishes, etc.), it also triggered new forms of, and strategies in, social interaction that are peculiar to the mixes of languages, cultures, peoples, religions, etc. in these locations. 
 DeGraff, Michel Anne-Frederic. Black Lives Will Not Matter Until our Languages also Matter: The Politics of Linguistics and Education In Post-Colonies

I would love to share and discuss with ABRALIN viewers some key aspects of my theoretical and applied agenda for linguistics and education in Haiti. I take my native Haiti as a poster case of post-colonies where linguistic discrimination keeps extracting a heavy human cost, mostly through mis-education. My own agenda promotes a social vision where linguistics and education can contribute to equal opportunity and sustainable development.

 Kubota, Ryuko.
Epistemological Racism and Language Studies: Decolonizing Knowledge

Recent scholarship in language studies has exposed how racism and language are intertwined in many domains. Although racism is often understood as individual and institutional injustices, a critical examination of another form of racism—epistemological racism—problematizes how it influences our knowledge production, distribution, and consumption in academe. This presentation discusses how epistemological racism marginalizes the knowledge produced by scholars in the global south, women scholars of color, and other minoritized groups, while compelling these scholars to become complicit with the white male Eurocentric hegemony of knowledge.

 Makoni, Sinfree. Southern Multilingualisms: Toward Decolonizing the Sociolinguistics of Africa

Contemporary sociolinguistic scholarship takes it as axiomatic that the world is multilingual. The conceptual shift toward multilingualism has not been predicated on any prior philosophical analysis of the 'natures' of language ( Hauck & Heurich 2018) or any systematic enquiry into the questions of which type of, and whose, multilingualisms with which we are dealing. There are two emerging trends in sociolinguistics, but neither addresses the epistemologies and indigenous ontologies of language that are necessary in an analysis of multilingualisms.

 

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