[Ads-l] Fwd: [cross-post from Gala-l, the Gender and Language Association list]

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 22 18:47:05 UTC 2015

For all of you who voted "basic" in as Most Likely to Succeed, where it finished a close second to "salty"…


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> From: Joshua Raclaw <Joshua.Raclaw at Colorado.EDU>
> Date: January 22, 2015 12:10:51 PM EST
> To: gala-l at listserv.linguistlist.org
> Subject: [Gala-l] Scholarship and/or ideologically-rich material on 'basic white girls'
> Reply-To: Joshua.Raclaw at Colorado.EDU
> Hi all,
> I've been doing some work on the use of 'literally' in American English and have been interested in its use to index a particular type of white femininity, what's usually referred to as a 'basic (white) girl' (Wikipedia). I'd like to put out a call for suggestions on either:
> - Scholarship in sociolinguistics (or beyond) that's either addressed the use and rise of the term 'basic' applied to a feminine subject, or that discusses linguistic or other semiotic practices that index similar constructs of white femininity. Anything discussing the word's shift from Hip Hop Nation Language to more mainstream use is especially appreciated.
> - Any interesting and popular examples from media that indexes 'basic (white) girls', 'basic bitches', and similar ideological constructions of this type of white, mid-to-upper-classed femininity. I've started a collection, but looking to add to it!
> Thanks very much in advance,
> Josh
> --
> ​Joshua Raclaw, Ph.D.
> Postdoctoral Research Associate​, ​Center for Women's Health Research
> Honorary Fellow, Department of Sociology
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
> http://www.joshuaraclaw.info​
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