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Speak of the Devil: How Popular Film Antagonists Use Language

Sarah Belew, Jacques Gueye, Kaley Phan, Boyi Zheng In this study, we analyze the linguistic behavior of antagonists in psychological thriller movies in order to understand/index the features in their language that make them “creepy”. We chose 4 different films to view: Misery (1990), Silence of the Lamb (1991), The Lovely Bones (2009), and Gone […]

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Long-Term Implications of Accent Representation in Children’s Media

Roni Grushkevich, Claire Lim, Kendall Vanderwouw, Daniel Zhou Who is the most memorable villain you remember from your childhood era? We hypothesize that most individuals will remember a villain portrayed with a heavy accent. This is due to the phenomenon of othering and the idea that children will have a hard time connecting with a

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The Language of Good and Evil in the Disney Universe

Wendy Barenque, Maria Martignano Cassol, Kelli Sakaguchi, Sophia Siqueiros, Ellis Song Every year Disney and Pixar release blockbuster hits watched by millions of children. Disney and Pixar characters have a huge impact on how children learn to view people in real life through the use of regional and foreign accents categorizing intrinsic “goodness” or “badness”

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