Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
John R. Baldwin
Linguistic appropriation is an area of study that has been under-researched, even as it has become all the more relevant due to the rapid dissemination of slang and linguistic trends during the digital age. There are clear ties shown between individuals’ and groups’ identity and language. This study specifically examines the appropriation of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and LGBT language by creating an Acceptability of Appropriation scale and assessing potential relationships between linguistic appropriation, intercultural tolerance, and LGBT tolerance. These results are then examined through the lens of the communication theory of identity (CTI) and potential identity gaps that may arise from groups using slang that does not belong to them. Implications of the study, limitations, and future research are discussed.
Laing, Rachel Elizabeth, "Who Said It First? : Linguistic Appropriation of Slang Terms within the Popular Lexicon" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 1385.