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From Slay to On Fleek: Linguistic Features of Millennial and Gen Z Internet Communication

Aileen Dieu, Makenna Kumlue, Nicholas Litt, Jazmine Pineda, Rafael Santos The social media community is truly that, a community. Groups of people gather based on common interests to share ideas, offer support, and even criticize opposing views, for better or worse. Millennials were the first generation to create an online community, and through that, a […]

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The Enigma of Everyday Speech: Why some casual language might be nearly impossible to translate

Eden Amsellem, Anaïs Clancy, Emily MacDonald, Jennifer Padilla Villegas, Summer Xia Communication in casual contexts appears to be less directly translatable between languages than communication in formal contexts. Several of our group members are bilingual and have experienced difficulties when translating between the different languages they speak. Based on their personal experiences, we wanted to

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Nature vs. Nurture: Do Our Cultural Backgrounds or Personal Preferences More Heavily Affect the Way We Verbally Affirm Our Romantic Partners?

Tina Festekdjian, Krunali Mehta, Mark Keosian, Tatiana Akopyan Do you ever wonder why people belonging to different cultures express love differently in their romantic relationships? Are they accustomed to verbal or nonverbal forms of affirmation, and does this carry on throughout generations? This study explores why and how second-generation college students living in Los Angeles

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Differences In Sociolinguistics Among Genders In College

Kevin Adelpour, Shaylee Omrani, Ronnen Mizrahi,  Justin Azizian Studies in sociolinguistics have revealed that there are many ways in which the relationship between language and gender varies, including the relationship between politeness and language style. Without looking deeper into the facts, members of society can draw the conclusion that it is more common for masculine

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“Speaking of women’s comedy…”: An Analysis of Linguistic Traits by Male and Female Standup Comedians

Samuel Alsup, Eden Moyal, Jinwen (Wiwi) Shi, Yitian (Riley) Shi The question of whether women can be funny is long outdated and has, thankfully, been answered in the affirmative. This project investigates how funny people – namely, stand-up comedians – perform (or don’t perform) their womanhood in speech. Studies conducted by 20th-century scholars highlighted multiple

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Unraveling Mean Length Utterances in Romantic Scenes: Action Versus Romance Films

Britney Lam, Iris Lin, Alice Wang, Julia Zhou Romance is a common element across all genres of film. Whether it is an action movie, a comedy, adventure, or drama, romance is often included within the main plot. Films are created with a target audience, such as age or gender. Our research question emerged: how is

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this is our linguistics project…lol

Max Orroth, Arielle Gordon, Jillian Litke We’ve all heard of the acronym lol, short for “laugh out loud”, and have used it in more than one context. Lol differs from other internet-born acronyms, like ROTFL, as it has become widespread across social platforms all over the world and has maintained a role in American English

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Turning the Tables: Do Discourse Particles Catalyze Conversational Turn-Taking?

Alex Chen, Dhanya Charan, Madurya Suresh, Yutong Shi Discourse particles are often used in conversations to facilitate turn-taking. This process may be independent of the epistemic authority, or confidence level, of the speaker. Discourse particles may be used significantly as a turn-taking mechanism, but no more by confident speakers than unconfident speakers. A study was

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. You’re in Love with my Man? Guess my Voice Will Lower Too.

Kelly Eun, Isabelle Filen, Adeline Villarreal, Sylvia Le Engaging in conversation with the man you like may lead you to feel all sorts of emotions. Maybe your heart starts racing, you find yourself laughing at every little thing he says, or you possibly say things you wouldn’t normally say. These are all very common character

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