Once again, I am having my undergraduates in my intermediate linguistic anthro class at Wayne State pick from a curated list of fun, interesting, socially relevant, or just plain wacky words for their original research papers this term. The Lexiculture project teaches a dollop of research methods, a touch of discourse analysis, a dab of corpus linguistics, and a soupcon of linguistic anthropology as the student-researchers investigate the sociocultural context and relevance of a single English word.
Earlier this year I edited 62 student papers written from 2013-2020 into an open-access ebook, The Lexiculture Papers: English Words and Culture. Check it out – I’m exceptionally proud of this collection of student scholarship.
And for those interested, here’s the list my students are choosing from this year:
|all out||djent||man cave||shoo-in|
|car phone||Information Superhighway||psychobabble||unmentionables|
|card-carrying||jailbait||rando||upside the head|
Any favourites you’d really like to see picked this year?