Title

A Cool, Awesome, Great Sociolinguistic Analysis of Adjectival Word Choice

Date

5-28-2015 10:52 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:07 AM

Location

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

Department

English, Writing and Linguistics

Session Chair

Thomas Rand

Session Title

English: Linguistics, Literature, Writing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Uma Shrestha

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

While the phrase “That’s cool!” may roll off your tongue with little thought, the choice to say “cool” instead of any other adjective has numerous social implications. Is that the word you would choose when speaking to an employer? If you were an educator? If you were a student in high school? This study analyzes the adjectival word choices of individuals of different genders, ages and occupations, in formal and informal social situations.

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A Cool, Awesome, Great Sociolinguistic Analysis of Adjectival Word Choice

Hamersly Library (HL) 107

While the phrase “That’s cool!” may roll off your tongue with little thought, the choice to say “cool” instead of any other adjective has numerous social implications. Is that the word you would choose when speaking to an employer? If you were an educator? If you were a student in high school? This study analyzes the adjectival word choices of individuals of different genders, ages and occupations, in formal and informal social situations.