Resisting and Rewriting English-Only Policies: Navigating Multilingual, Raciolinguistic, and Translingual Approaches to Language Advocacy

  • Katherine S Flowers Mississippi State University
Keywords: language policy, writing studies, advocacy, monolingualism, multilingualism, economics, raciolinguistics, race, translingualism, English-only movement


The field of writing studies has highlighted the limitations of a monolingual orientation towards language, particularly in the context of English-only language policies, but there have been fewer accounts of how people actively navigate and advocate for alternatives. Drawing on a recent ethnographic, discourse analytic study of how writers reshaped a local language policy, I argue that there are advantages to cultivating and combining multilingual, raciolinguistic, and translingual approaches to language advocacy, yet at the same time, arguments for multilingualism risk eclipsing, and ultimately undermining, these other approaches.

Author Biography

Katherine S Flowers, Mississippi State University

Katherine S. Flowers is Assistant Professor of English at Mississippi State University, where she specializes in writing studies. She is the recipient of the 2018 James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award.