112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Linguistics II

Session Chair: 
Michelle Ramos Pellicia, California State University, San Marcos
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Raincross D
Topic Area: 


  1. Melissa Axelrod, University of New Mexico
    This paper addesses stance-taking in social media, focusing on formulaic constructions associated with gender and age, including all up in… and the vocative dude, both associated with a stance of ‘coolness.’ The paper examines the function and context of these terms in a corpus from Twitter, exploring their link to verbal irony.
  2. Eva Nunez, Portland State University
    Abstract: The aim of this presentation is to analyze the concept of morphological ergativity and its sociolinguistic applications, specifically of those ergative languages in contact with Spanish. This paper combines a general view of what this modern concept of morphological ergativity implies and its specific patterns in ergative languages such as Basque, Maya (Yucatan, Mexico), Chol (Chiapas, Mexico), Pano (Peru), and Tagalog (Philippines). 
  3. Carolina Viera, Roanoke College
    Drawing on computer-assisted discourse analysis of a corpus of 32 Spanish conference presentations (CP) given by professors and graduate students in the United States, I claim that the use of English is a recurrent and instrumental linguistic feature of the bilingual professional community of Hispanic Studies in the United States. 
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