October 2021

Where are you from? I don’t know but did you ask the question in English? ¿o en Español?

Sarah Arjona, Yeeun Heo, Erika Yagi, Minyoung Yoon, Bryan Zhao Have you ever imagined growing up next to the pyramids or the Eiffel tower? Some Third Culture Kids (TCKs) do so without being Egyptian or French, because they live abroad with their parents. Although extensive research has been done on code-switching, not a lot of […]

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“Pussy!”: Gendered Insults While Video Gaming

Nisha Porchezhiyan The present article is a research study about the use of gendered insults while playing Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart. This study consisted of three players, one female and two male playing both of the games and analyzing their conversations to see which gender used “pussy” as an insult more often and

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Reading is Fundamental: The Role of Ritual Insults in Ru Paul’s Drag Race

Olivia Heiner Insults are sometimes regarded as negative or impolite; however, they can also be a playful ritual among various communities.  Consider, for example, the exaggerated “Yo Mama” jokes told between young school children.  Such insults are entertaining, performative, and unlikely to cause much harm. This article explores the practice of mock ritual insults in

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¡Échale ganas, mija!: How Latina Immigrant Mothers Use Word Choice to Assert Their Expectations

Catherine Guzman, Joan Kim, Kiara Mares, Yadira Marquez, Flor Ramirez College enrollment and graduation rate from Latinos has increased during the last decade. Latinas[1] went from being 17% of graduates in 2000 to 30% in 2017. Latina mothers have played an important role in the success of Latinas by either providing motivation or pressuring them.

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What social patterns contribute to lack of maintenance of a heritage language within a multilingual family?

Hebbah Elokour, Rowan Towle, Jason Panelli, Frances Vano, Sana Shrikant This study examines the various factors involved in the maintenance of heritage languages among multilingual immigrant families in the United States. Previous research shows that maintenance of heritage language is a complex and nuanced problem and that most families in the United States fail to

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Testing the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) Hypothesis with Modern East Asian language-English Bilingual Speakers of Code Switching – Insertion & Alternation

Hyung Joon (Joe) Kim, Mocha Ito, Irene Han, Sena Ji, Luis Flores Our study tests the validity of the Myers-Scotton’s (1993) Matrix Language Frame (MLF) hypothesis in light of modern Japanese-English and Korean-English bilingual speakers’ code-switching data (Myers-Scotton & Jake, 2009). Code-switching (CS) is the umbrella term for the use of more than one code,

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