I am a linguistic anthropologist of education and Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. My research interests include bi- and multilingual education, Indigenous language revitalization, and language shift. I conduct interdisciplinary research at the intersection of linguistic and cultural anthropology; applied linguistics; educational anthropology; sociolinguistics.

I have taught courses in education, anthropology, and linguistics at the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Swarthmore College.

Research

 

Schooling Languages: Language Policy, Indigeneity and Citizenship in Eastern Nepal

My primary research project investigates changing meanings of schooling and language use in the highly diverse plains of eastern Nepal. Based on over a year of ethnographic research, this project asks a deceptively simple question: What happens when a language is allowed into school for the first time?

Across widely varying scales of time and space, I investigate the implementation of a constitutional promise: that all communities in Nepal have a right to basic education in their mother tongue. This raises myriad questions, such as who is in charge of implementing such a reform, what form of a language will be taught in classrooms, and whose desires this fulfills.

While grounded in the specific case of the Dhimal language in Nepal, this project addresses fundamental questions of educational and linguistic research, around the aims of schooling and the social meanings that language variation takes on.

Lenape language in Pennsylvania

This project, conducted collaboratively with Dr. Haley De Korne, investigated language revitalization practices of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, especially in a college-level course. Our research focused on the educational space created when non-Indigenous students studied an Indigenous language, and the ways that these students navigated the challenges of engaging appropriately with a potentially fraught linguistic code.

Writing

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

Under review         Scale, power and agency in arbitrating school-level language planning decisions.

 

Under review     Haley De Korne & Miranda Weinberg. 'I learned that my name is spelled wrong':  Lessons from Mexico and Nepal on teaching literacy for Indigenous language reclamation.

2017   Miranda Weinberg. Taking Down Barcelona in Kathmandu: Linguistic Futures in a Student Movement. Signs and Society 5(1), 69-95.

 

2016   Nancy H. Hornberger, Haley De Korne & Miranda Weinberg. Ways of talking (and acting) about language reclamation: An ethnographic perspective on learning Lenape in Pennsylvania. Journal of Language, Identity and Education 15(1), 44-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2016.1113135 

 

2015   Miranda Weinberg. Putting the fourth crow in the sky: Using narrative to understand the experiences of one non-heritage learner of an endangered language. Linguistics & Education 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2015.03.005

 

2015   Miranda Weinberg & Haley De Korne. Who can speak Lenape in Pennsylvania? Authentication and language learning in an endangered language community of practice. Language & Communication 47, http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.langcom.2015.04.003

 

2012   Miranda Weinberg. Revisiting history in language policy: The case of medium of instruction in Nepal. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics 28(1): 61-80.

Book Sections

Forthcoming  Miranda Weinberg. School-level language policy: Three cases from southeast Nepal. In Lava Deo Awasthi and Yogendra Yadava (Eds.), Mother-Tongue Based Multilingual Education in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepal Academy.

 

2010   Miranda Weinberg. What, Why and How MLE in Nepal: Experience from the Field. In Pushker Kadel (Ed.), Nēpālmā Bahubhāṣik Ṡikṣā (Multilingual Education in Nepal). Kathmandu: LDC.

 

2007   Miranda Weinberg. Notes on the world’s scales. In Wade Davis, K. David Harrison & Catherine Herbert Howell (Eds.), Book of peoples of the world: A guide to cultures. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Books.

Reports

2016   Miranda Weinberg. Conference report: Annual Kathmandu conference on Nepal and the Himalaya. Himalaya 35(2), 162.

2014   Miranda Weinberg. Operational research on Literacy Boost and multilingual education, Kapilvastu District, Nepal. Save the Children.

2013 Haley De Korne & Miranda Weinberg. Lenape Education Program of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College. Center for Applied Linguistics Heritage Voices Series. Online at http://www.cal.org/heritage/pdfs/heritage-voice-program-lenape-language-education-program.pdf

Book Reviews

2016   Review of The Promise of Integrated Multicultural and Bilingual Education, Zvi Bekerman, Anthropology & Education Quarterly.


2013   Review of Native American Language Ideologies, Paul V. Kroskrity & Margaret C. Field (Eds.), Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 44(1): 108-109


2012   Review of The Word and the World: The Cultural Politics of Literacy in Brazil, Lesley Bartlett, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 43(2): 228-229

Courses Taught

 

Haverford College

Sociolinguistics: Language, Culture, and Society

Swarthmore College

Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Linguistic Diversity

Senior Thesis Seminar

Senior Honors Thesis

University of Pennsylvania

Sociolinguistics in Education

Educational Linguistics

Communication & Culture

Second Language Development

Temple University

Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don't Work

 

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