leonor morrow | applied sociolinguist

I’m an applied sociolinguist that primarily researches dominant language ideologies x the United States public education system. My work is highly interdisciplinary, and firmly rooted in a social-justice framework.

Through my future research, I hope to (1) illuminate language ideologies and their various ramifications within society and (2) explore concrete solutions that attempt to lessen their harmful consequences.

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current project

Investigating Accountability | Leonor Morrow | linguistics research

investigating accountability

This thesis considers the extent to which dominant language ideologies have become internalized in the attitudes of students and teachers at a New Mexican high school. Due to New Mexico’s multicultural past, its student population is linguistically and racially diverse, making it a prime location for this study. While past literature has thoroughly documented how language ideologies affect students, this study places particular emphasis on how teachers’ abilities to instigate meaningful change are compromised as a result of internalized thoughts and beliefs… [cont.]

Paper (which includes a full abstract): [permanent link]

Thesis Defense: [download slides]

Conference Presentation: [download poster]

past projects

Back 2 Good | leonor morrow | linguistics research

‘back 2 good’

This study examines, through use of the linguistic landscape perspective, how accessible selected DC metro stations are in terms of language. It also takes into account the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) policies on language accessibility, as stated on their website. This research points to the need for greater awareness of and commitments toward improving language diversity throughout the DC metro system.

Paper available on request.

Conference Presentation: [download slides]

power & politeness | leonor morrow | linguistics research

power & politeness

This study focuses on how the HBO show Game of Thrones portrays deeply relevant linguistic issues, such as bilingualism, language discrimination, and gatekeeping via interpretation, through its use of the highly realistic constructed language Valyrian. Specifically, it focuses on a scene where protagonist Daenerys uses the interpreter Missandei to conduct a trade negotiation with slave dealer Kraznys. This scene highlights the unique relationship between power and politeness.

Paper and conference presentation available on request.