Academic Extracts

These extracts are from my most cited academic publication written for a non-specialist audience. Other publications including books and journal articles are available upon request.

English with an Accent: Language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States (2012) Second revised, expanded edition.


  • Introduction & Chapter 1: The Linguistic Facts of Life  PDF
  • Chapter 10: Black English  PDF



“This second edition of English with an Accent exceeds the high standard of research excellence that Lippi-Green first displayed in 1997. This new book introduces keen insights about language, justice, discrimination, and the human condition in America.”

John Baugh, Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

“English with an Accent, a powerfully penned exposition on the relation between language, subordination and discrimination, was already insightful and thought-provoking when it first appeared in 1997. This updated and expanded second edition has made it absolutely invaluable, and I can’t wait to use it in my classes. It represents sociolinguistics at its best – theoretically informed, but decidedly applied as well, implicating race relations, immigration, social class, education, politics, immigration, and more. It is impossible to read this book and not be troubled by prejudices and practices that we didn’t notice or consider problematic before.”

John R. Rickford, J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities, Stanford University, USA, and co-author of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

“This new edition breaks new ground again, providing updates related to politics, Internet usage, and the classroom . . . It will be the go-to text for explorations of language and its connection to social identity, linguistic authority, and language based oppression. I can’t wait to use it in my courses.”

Robin Queen, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, USA

“English with an Accent is an encyclopedic, cutting-edge update of Lippi-Green’s classic text on language subordination. Hard-hitting and thought-provoking, this is an essential work.”

Jane H. Hill, Regents’ Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics (Emerita), University of Arizona, USA