The Lexiculture Papers: English Words and Culture is an open-access collection of essays on modern English words in their historical and social contexts. Authored by Wayne State University linguistic anthropology students as part of my Language and Culture intermediate-senior course, its 62 chapters each focus on the history, meanings, and cultural significance of a single English word. The Lexiculture Papers encompass original research using methods and approaches from linguistic anthropology, dialectology, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, and cultural studies. A key goal of the project is to demonstrate the viability of student-directed research on words that is both rigorous and accessible.
The Lexiculture Papers is freely accessible to download and read through the Wayne State University Digital Commons here, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.