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Intensive Speaker Series: Linguistics
June 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oh My God!: Why California Teenagers Are the Future of English (and Why That’s Like Totally Hella Awesome)
Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Young people, and especially young people from California, have often been accused of “inarticulateness,” “sloppy speech,” even “destroying the English language.” Drawing on current research by sociocultural linguists, this interactive presentation will challenge these myths and explore the realities of California teenagers’ linguistic innovations, from “dude” to uptalk to vocal fry and beyond. We’ll also consider the impact of these developments on language use across the nation and around the world.
Mary Bucholtz is a sociocultural linguist with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary; in addition to her position in the UCSB Department of Linguistics, she is affiliated with the Department of Feminist Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and the Comparative Literature Program.
Her research focuses primarily on how social identities and cultural practices are brought into being through linguistic interaction. She has investigated this question in relation to race, gender, and youth identities as well as within the context of how undergraduate science and math students become socialized into scientific cultures through peer interaction.
Her current research seeks to explore the diverse forms of language and culture within California, especially in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students as well as Santa Barbara County high school students and their teachers.