ASL sign for: linguicism

Definition: The unfair treatment of an individual based solely on their use of language.

The term was coined in the 1980s by linguist Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, who defined linguicism as "ideologies and structures that are used to legitimate, effectuate and reproduce an unequal division of power and resources between groups which are defined on the basis of language."

Related signs: AUDISM.