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Daniel Edmondson

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered.

Research Topic

Psycholinguistics/Sociolinguistics, specifically taboo language processing and linguistic reclamation.

Research Summary

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.

Research Interests

  • Taboo Language
  • Linguistic Reclamation
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Language and Identity
  • Feminist Linguistics
  • Language Processing
  • Language and Emotion

Research Supervisors

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

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