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Daily Real Estate News  |  June 26, 2002  |   National Study on Linguistic Profiling in Housing Announced The National Fair Housing Alliance has partnered with Stanford University education and linguistics professor Dr. John Baugh to study the impact of linguistic profiling on housing discrimination. This summer, Baugh will track the instances of bias that the housing markets show toward speakers of non-standard English over the telephone. Baugh says speakers who do not "sound white" often are discriminated against over the telephone. "Even though the courts are reasonably well equipped to prosecute cases of face-to-face discrimination," says Dr. Baugh, "they have a hard time understanding and applying the law to linguistic profiling, and that's where this research will help." In addition to the NFHA, the study will be supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation's program on Asset Building and Community Development.

Source: U.S. Newswire (06/24/02)

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