Communication and Humanities


Adrianna Aviles



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Adrianna Aviles, Writing & Business Administration
Faculty Mentor: Professor Michele Ninacs, English

The American educational system has held that particular vernaculars are valueless and indicate lack of intellect. Strict adherence to Standard American English practices purposefully disenfranchises minority individuals and communities: the languages minorities use have historically been deemed inferior because SAE is deeply intertwined with racial dominance. How can we expect minorities to feel equal, to find value in their voice, and know or find their worth when the very language they grow up learning and speaking, English, isn’t recognized as legitimate? The field of Composition and Rhetoric has the power to drastically change how language is perceived and taught. This study examined the role of cultural rhetorics and its association with writing pedagogy by analyzing the responses of scholars in the field to a series of questions that asked them to consider the position of cultural rhetorics in relation to composition studies and pedagogies.

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Arts and Humanities

Cultural Rhetorics within the Field of Composition
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