Once again, the early-career scholars in the 2021 edition of my course, Language and Societies, have written some amazing papers, for which the abstracts are linked below. The authors are undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology and linguistics at Wayne State University. Comments and questions are extremely welcome, especially at this critical juncture, when the authors are making final revisions to their papers.
Noelle Belanger: Lavender Linguistics and the Discourse in Online Sapphic Communities
Jenna Huntley: Anatomical Jargon: Modest or Arrogant?
Mariah McClendon-Smith: Sassy, Moody, Nasty: The Performance of Sexuality through Language by Black Women in Hip-Hop
Virginia Nastase: United States Abortion Discourse: An Examination of Problematic Terms