September 2022

How Social Commentary Became a Place for Gendered Norm Subversion

Sylvia Hopkins Content/Trigger Warning: This article discusses sexual assault Social commentary has become much more common and impactful to everyday people and their lives. In current times, social commentary is mostly used in social justice spaces with the intent of raising awareness, educating people, or calling out people and institutions for problematic behavior. In the […]

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“Like…my whole face is just crooked!”: Self-Deprecation in Actors and Actresses

Sapna Ramappa Why and how do people use self-deprecation? Do people use it to “fish for compliments” or just seem more relatable? This article highlights the prevalence and utilization of self-deprecating language among actors and actresses in interviews on late-night talk shows. Interviews with four female celebrities and four male celebrities on The Ellen Degeneres

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Are some NBA slang terms too vague? Absolutely!

Isaac Verdugo, Riley Kwinn, Brendan Xiong, and Gustavo Gutierrez NBA (National Basketball Association) slang is widely used by basketball fans all over the world. NBA slang is formed and developed with NBA history. It has unique features and functions that give NBA fans the opportunity to express their opinions about the game of basketball in

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K-Netizen: Examining Possessive Behavior in K-pop Social Media Discourse

Matthew Lee, Sam Lin, Huimin Liu, Francisco Morales, Annika Park In recent years, Korean popular music, or K-pop, has led the way for a meteoric rise in global popularity of Korean culture. According to Sue Jin Lee’s study, “The Korean Wave: The Seoul of Asia,” this Korean wave—hallyu in Korean—has garnered a worldwide fanbase whose

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A Study on Randall Park: Linguistic Marks of Second-generation Asian-Americans

Joon Chang, Mabel Gong, Yanqi Qing, Esther Li, Yoori Kwak Abstract The term “Asian American” was coined by the late Japanese historian Yuji Ichioka in the late 1960s, in the midst of the burgeoning affirmative action movement advocated by African-Americans and other minorities. His original intention in introducing this ethno-racial identity was to deny the

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Sociolinguistic Activism and White Fragility

Jamie Seals, Makena Larson, Betsy Benavides, Faith McCormick When looking at the work previously done on the intersection of white fragility and sociolinguistics, we noticed a gap in research that we wanted to fill. We conducted interviews between two white peers, the topic of conversation being sensitive topics such as race and racism. We hypothesized

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The Gendered Life of Five-Year Olds: How Language Perpetuates Gender Conformity in Children

Brandon, Dianely, Giselle, Rukhsar, and Victoria The objective of this study was to analyze the initiation of gendered language compliance during child development by focusing on the production of language in English-speaking five-year-old children. We hypothesized that boys are more likely to display linguistic features associated with men in their language in comparison to girls

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Does Saying ‘Fuck’ During a Conversation Mean You’re Less Friendly, Less Smart, and Less Honest? Yup.

Brooke Lim The fact of the matter is, we have all at some point said a casual ‘bitch’ or ‘fuck’ during a conversation with both new and old friends. But does that make the other person in the conversation look at us under a new light? Profanity is a crucial part of our society’s language

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Latecomers’ Usage of the [ɹ] Sound and Identity Construction

Bingbing Liu, Kejia Zhang, Nina Cai, Ze Ning, Zehao Yao Recent sociolinguistic studies show interests in exploring people’s language practices and their corresponding social influences. In China, the rapid development of the society has attracted more and more people immigrating from the countryside to the city. Beijing, one of the most prosperous cities in China,

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“Oh My God!” Who uses code-switching in K-dramas?

Gianelli Liguidliguid, Kyoo Sang Han, Victor Sohn Korean dramas, otherwise known as “K-dramas,” have become easier to watch than ever before. With shows previously only being televised on South Korean TV stations, many people can now watch K-dramas on popular streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu. Because of this, the popularity of K-dramas has spread

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