PhD (full-time) - currently registered.
Psycholinguistics/Sociolinguistics, specifically taboo language processing and linguistic reclamation.
I am currently researching the cognitive processing of taboo/offensive language when such language is 'reclaimed' by marginalised communities. Using a series of experimental studies, I aim to investigate whether or not these uses still produce the typical effects of taboo words on language processing, as identified in the literature. I also intend to incorporate qualitative interviewing into my methodology, in order to complement my experimental data with an understanding of broader attitudes towards the reclamation of offensive language.
I have chosen to focus my research on the LGBTQ+ community, but intend to consider intersections with other marginalised identities as well, in order to explore how these words might affect different members of the LGBTQ+ community in different ways. I hope that this research will be able to contribute to debates surrounding the use of reclaimed language, by identifying its impact on individuals at both cognitive and social levels.
- Taboo Language
- Linguistic Reclamation
- Language, Gender and Sexuality
- Language and Identity
- Feminist Linguistics
- Language Processing
- Language and Emotion
Dr Lucy Jones
Dr Dominic Thompson
Primary Funding Source
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Midlands Graduate School DTP - 1+3 Scholarship
Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) Midlands Graduate School DTP