The linguistic discrimination towards creole languages as an imperious issue in today’s globalized and multicultural world

Daria Shaymuratova | Goldsmith University of London / Moscow State Pedagogical University

The question of the so-called linguistic discrimination or “glottophobia” has been attracting considerable interest due to its actuality in today’s globalized and multicultural world. 

The pervasive emergence of creole languages due to massive migration leads to both racial and identity conflicts and, consequently, to linguistic discrimination. Precisely, the creole languages that have been formed out of a mix of various forms of other languages stray from the “standard” versions of languages, though they have some similar traits. Hence, millions of people worldwide grow up speaking a creole as their native language. 

Nevertheless, there is a prejudicial view over those whose first language is not a “standard” one and are labelled as uneducated or barbarian. Notably, the question of racial discrimination, which is mostly concerned with ethnic identity, skin colour and other sets of characteristics, tightly intertwines with the issue of so-called language discrimination.

The current paper aims at an in-depth analysis of Louisiana creole and Belizean creole as one of the striking examples of binary racial identities and the intolerant position towards these creoles. Therefore, the research sets the following tasks: conduct an in-depth corpus analysis of the previous research works dedicated to the question, give a detailed description of the phenomenon under study (linguistic discrimination based on the creole languages such as Louisiana creole and Belizean creole), identify typical means of verbal manifestation of identity, and justify the value of creole languages as the means of cultural and ethnic manifestation.