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In this research seminar we will examine linguistic markers and communicative practices of drag queens as portrayed within the reality TV show ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’, ' RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under' and 'Canada's Drag Race'. Based on a purpose-built corpus of several episodes/seasons of the show from four (mainly) ENL contexts, we will identify linguistic features on the morpho-syntactic, lexical and pragmatic levels that are utilised in the linguistic construction of drag identity. We will then ponder the question of whether the features used are variety-specific or whether they could be indicative of a more global phenomenon of gendered language use.
Research project and academic poster presentation
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