Fieldwork in Louisiana: Part 1

Professor Martin (my advisor, who also went to Louisiana to help me and do his own fieldwork) and I arrived in Kinder, Louisiana on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30th.  The Coushatta Tribe runs a casino in Kinder about ten minutes away from their reservation, and we stayed at chalets by the casino.  Because of […]

Preliminary Research and Elicitation Preparations

Today was my first full day in the site of my fieldwork:  the Coushatta Tribal Reservation near Kinder, Louisiana. I spent the two weeks leading up to my arrival reviewing academic literature on active-stative languages and collecting a list of verbs that I’d like to elicit to determine the precise semantic boundaries that determine Koasati’s verbal […]

Gay Men’s Language in Italy: In-Group Perceptions and Attitudes

While living and studying in Italy as an exchange student after high school, I began to notice certain linguistic features that appeared exclusively in gay men’s speech. These included feminization of adjectives, affectionately tongue-in-cheek terms of address, and an animatedly flamboyant style. Given the work done by American scholars William Leap and Stephen Mann on […]