Language and Gender
Rebel Grrrl: Patterns of Language Use in Two Radical Feminist Works - "Sometimes you have to scream to be heard." - Avital Ronell (view online)
SCUM Manifesto (1968) & Bikini Kill (1991-1996)
This project examines language use in two feminist works to discern emerging language patterns common in each of them. The following two works are examined: SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas (1968), and song lyrics from the 1990s feminist punk band, Bikini Kill (1991-1996), fronted by Kathleen Hanna. The concept of screaming to be heard is the backdrop for the analysis of the language use in these two works, which looks at the language used to convey their feminist messages that aim to equalize the sexist nature of society. This was the final project for a Language and Culture course during the Spring of 2013.
Diet Coke Daze - A Short Story (view online)
This short story was an assignment in a Language and Gender course that I took in the Fall of 2013, in which we had to take an aspect of Language and Gender, such as gender bias, sexism, societal constructs for gender conformity, and standards of acceptability, and present it in a short story. This short story follows a day in the life of a young ballet dancer who is struggling with an eating disorder due to the pressures to be thin.
Friulian and Sardinian: Language Policies and Status of Two Minority Languages of Italy (view online)
Map of Italy and its 20 Regions
This is the final paper for the Language Revitalization course that I took in the Fall of 2013, and it examines the language policies of minority languages in Italy, in particular the Friulian and Sardinian dialects. Italy is a country comprised of various minority languages and dialects based on its geographical vicinity to other cultures and languages, as well as its historical content. In every region of Italy, there is at least one dialect spoken, but Friulian and Sardinian are the two largest language minorities protected under the policies of the Italian government, unlike other local varieties and dialects such as Neapolitan or Sicilian.