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The Language of Bias: A Linguistic Approach to Understanding Intergroup Relations

Quinetta M. Roberson, Cornell University
Bradford S. Bell, Cornell University
Shanette C. Porter, Cornell University

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Suggested Citation
Roberson, Q. R., Bell, B. S. & Porter, S. C. (2008). The language of bias: A linguistic approach to understanding intergroup relations. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site: http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/387/

Required Publisher Statement
Copyright by Emerald Publishing. Final version published as: Roberson, Q. R., Bell, B. S. & Porter, S. C. (2008). The language of bias: A linguistic approach to understanding intergroup relations. In K. Phillips (Ed.), Research in managing groups and teams: Diversity & groups (vol. 11, 267-294). Bingley, UK: Emerald. Reprinted with permission.

Abstract

[Excerpt] This chapter explores the role of language in the relationship between diversity and team performance. Specifically, we consider how a linguistic approach to social categorization may be used to study the social psychological mechanisms that underlie diversity effects. Using the results of a study examining the effects of gender, ethnicity and tenure on language abstraction, we consider the potential implications for team processes and effectiveness. In addition, we propose a revised team input-process-output model that highlights the potential effects of language on team processes. We conclude by suggesting directions for future research linking diversity, linguistic categorization and team effectiveness.

Suggested Citation

Quinetta M. Roberson, Bradford S. Bell, and Shanette C. Porter. "The Language of Bias: A Linguistic Approach to Understanding Intergroup Relations" Articles & Chapters. , 2008.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bradford_bell/1