Eckert, Penelope

LGBTQ girls and the heterosexual marketplace

This article isn't specifically linguistic, but relates to Eckert's notion of the heterosexual marketplace, where adolescents learn how to speak/act/dress/present in the best way possible to attract people of the 'opposite' sex and thus gain popularity. This article deals with how lesbian and queer girls fair in this social structure as people who essentially do not participate in the heterosexual marketplace. Interestingly, the article posits that a good way to combat the isolation of non-conforming young people would be for schools/institutions to reward non-physical and non-sexual achievements. I find this a strange concept because I think of popularity/success in the heterosexual marketplace as being determined almost entirely separately from school-sanctioned recognition of achievement; in fact, I think institutional recognition often detracts from a person's success in the marketplace, and I wonder how/whether institutions are capable of causing a shift in the dynamics of young people's social structure. [Published on 3132013]

Posted by Chase Doremus on April 16, 2015

Tags:
Eckert, Penelope;
Performativity;
Power;
Femininity;
Sexual Orientation

Vocal Fry on This American Life: Freedom Fries

A segment on This American Life that profiles the complaints the show has received about the use of "vocal fry," or creaky voice, by its female commentators. It profiles the dominant stereotype that it is used by young women only, and that it indexes a set of negative attributes. Penny Eckert is interviewed on her recent research on NPR and creak that finds an age-based difference in perceptions of creak. Ira concludes, "people who don't like to listen to young women on the radio have moved on to vocal fry." [Published on 01-23-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on March 4, 2015

Tags:
Eckert, Penelope;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Creaky Voice

In Stanford linguistics study, the accent is on how Californians speak

An article in the Sacramento Bee profiling the research of the Voices of California project, which aims to document dialect diversity in California, including understudied areas like the Central Valley, including Sacramento. [Published on 09-05-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on September 7, 2014

Tags:
Eckert, Penelope;
California English

California Vowel Shift

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Penny Eckert's representation of Northern California Vowels

Dude: Stanford Linguists Probe California Accent

Penelope Eckert and fellow researchers in California examine how English is spoken and perceived in different cities around the state in efforts to refute the stereotype that California English is accentless and homogenous.