might find audience reactions – H u m a n i t i e s
I do have 2 samples for this project, to have an idea how it looks like,
1.you may write it up as a traditional paper. In this case, you will use excerpted lines from the transcript to demonstrate the linguistic features that you find in the video.
2.you should begin with an introduction which describes the video that you have chosen, including a statement of why this segment and of the gender identity(ies) of the speaker(s).
3. You should then present an overarching statement of what it is that you think you’ve found in these data. This will take the form of a statement along the lines of, “The speaker makes use of X, Y, and Z linguistic features in order to achieve A or B social goal.” This should also include a reference to the role of gender and expectations of linguistic gender norms. (Remember, this is a language and gender class; both are important here.)
4.The body of the paper will focus on demonstrating these assertions. I strongly urge you not to simply move through the video or transcript line by line, but instead to break your paper/presentation up into sections of the types of linguistic phenomena that were most prevalent, and most heavily implicated in the production of self and achievement of the social goal. (Again, see our course readings for a myriad of examples of this.) You do not need to include every single example of that linguistic phenomenon, but you should have solid representational examples which help you demonstrate that you are, indeed, seeing what you say you’ve seen, and to move your case forward (that the speaker is using X to do Y). As you move through each one, you should be sure not only to describe the linguistic phenomenon accurately (citing your sources – see more below), but also to discuss that alignment and achievement. (Note: in terms of achievement of the social goal, if they are available, you might find audience reactions – in the form of likes, reposts, or comments – interesting to note.)
Finish with a restatement of what you have found, and with a reflection on the process itself.What was it like to engage in analysis at this level?What did you find that surprised you – both about the data, and about yourself?What did you learn?
Citations: I do expect you to refer to the class readings and video lectures in your analysis. In other words, if you refer to something as a “sustained production of masculinity”, you should also include a reference to Cameron. These can be simple in-text citations (Cameron 1998:p#). If you produce this as a video project, you can state these something like, “As Cameron says on page X of her 1998 article…”. You could also (if you’re a video wiz and can interpolate slides or screen shots into the video) pop that citation up on the screen as you’re talking. Important: just because you are not using a direct quote does not mean that you don’t need to cite. When you get an idea or a concept from someone, you must cite them. You may use outside sources if you wish.