demonstrate the linguistic analysis skills and your theoretical understanding of anthropological approaches to gender and sexuality through the analysis of a piece of linguistic data.
In your final project, you will demonstrate the linguistic analysis skills and your
theoretical understanding of anthropological approaches to gender and sexuality through the analysis of a piece of linguistic data. There are many different approaches one can take to this project: make sure you pick the one that makes the most sense for you.
First, choose a piece of data to analyze. You may choose to continue working on the data you used in Analytic Activities 2 or 3. Or, you may decide that you’d rather collect new data. You might have seen a TV episode that seemed to be really interesting in terms of language and gender. New data or old data are both fine! If you want to dig a bit deeper into work you’re already familiar with, take your data from Activity 2 or 3. (Note that if you choose to use your data from one of the previous activities, I will expect you to have addressed any comments or suggestions I made in the feedback. Not addressing feedback in your reworking of this data will negatively impact your grade). If you’re feeling excited to explore something new, find a different piece of data! (As always, make sure to properly transcribe data if it’s audio-visual).
Next, analyze your data using whatever framework you prefer. Remember, of
course, to pay special attention to language. How is gender being
accomplished/performed/index in your data through words, sounds, or
conversation? How do you know? Support your argumentation by citing articles or books you’ve read in this course. (You are also welcome to search for additional literature, so long as it speaks in some way to the themes of this class. Let me know if you’d like help with this). You are expected to cite at least three scholarly/academic sources. Please speak with me immediately if you have any doubts about what constitutes a scholarly/academic source.