Aug
26

End of summer work

Today is the first day of the fall semester and the summer phase of my research has officially come to an end. Since returning to the US I have managed to write a first draft of my introduction, literature review, and methodology sections of the actual thesis paper. Because I had completed a great deal…
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Aug
01

Arrivederci, Italia

Alas, the time has come for me to return to the US. Transcribing my interviews has left me with a solid amount of workable data for my upcoming analysis, not to mention two wrists that no longer function. Unfortunately the foot pedal I was to use was not compatible with my transcription software, and I…
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Jul
08

Mid-summer progress

It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the summer! So far I have successfully conducted a total of six interviews with gay men in Milan and am now moving towards the next phase of my research: transcription. This is a process that can quickly become tedious for any linguist, and indeed I…
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Jun
02

First update!

I have now been in Milan for about two weeks and my research is coming along! The week before I left the United States was filled with background reading for my literature review, as I wanted to get as much of it finished before leaving as possible. Now that I’m finally here in Italy, I…
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Apr
08

Gay Men’s Language in Italy: In-Group Perceptions and Attitudes

While living and studying in Italy as an exchange student after high school, I began to notice certain linguistic features that appeared exclusively in gay men’s speech. These included feminization of adjectives, affectionately tongue-in-cheek terms of address, and an animatedly flamboyant style. Given the work done by American scholars William Leap and Stephen Mann on…
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