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African American Folklore and Race  

Anand Prahlad

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Jun 2018
The study of African American folklore has been grounded from its beginnings in the colonial period in discourses and power dynamics of race. This chapter posits that these beginnings have ... More

Aging and Chronic Illness in Language and Sexuality  

Elizabeth Peel and Sonja J. Ellis

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Sep 2018
An aging demographic in Western societies as well as globally has made public health issues, such as dementia, subject to hyperbolic metaphor such as “tsunami” and “time bomb.” This ... More

Applications and Representations of the Uses of Folklore  

Gregory Hansen

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Jun 2018
Folklore and folklife research is applied to a range of institutional settings that can be categorized in five different spheres of representation. These spheres overlap, but they include ... More

Contrast: Dissecting an Elusive Information-structural Notion and its Role in Grammar  

Sophie Repp

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This article critically evaluates the notion of contrast and discusses the role that contrast has been claimed to have in grammar. It argues that a precise understanding of grammatical ... More

Conversation Analysis, Language, and Sexuality  

Elizabeth Stokoe and Susan Speer

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Sep 2018
This chapter describes and illustrates a conversation analytic approach to language and sexuality. It begins by exploring contrasts between conversation analytic and other approaches to ... More

Corpus Linguistics and Sexuality  

Paul Baker and Robbie Love

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Nov 2018
Corpus linguistics involves the use of computer software to aid the analysis of language data, in some cases up to billions of words of text. Techniques like frequency lists, keyword ... More

Cultural Poetics (Ethnopoetics)  

Anthony K. Webster

This article argues for the continuing importance of ethnopoetics/cultural poetics in the work of linguists and anthropologists. A heuristic definition of ethnopoetics (or cultural ... More

Doing Tricks: Affordances and Challenges for a Sociolinguistics of Sex Work  

Rodrigo Borba

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Jul 2018
Sex work has long been of interest to a variety of fields, among them anthropology, sociology, public health, and feminist theory, to name but a few. However, with very few exceptions, ... More

Family and Friends  

Caren Neile

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Aug 2018
The folklore of family and friends is a primary social frame of traditional knowledge, promoting distinctive values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Their associated narratives share ... More

Focus Projection Theories  

Karlos Arregi

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter examines the phenomenon of focus projection: a sentence with prosodic marking of focus on a word can lead to ambiguity, in that different constituents containing the word can ... More

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