Prosody

Ad Meter 2016: Jeep Super Bowl Portraits

The commercial exemplifies prosody, indexicality and performativity. The speaker's poetic fluctuations are amplified by literary devices such as alliteration making prosody evident. By pointing to the individual (and eventually concluding "we don't make jeep. You do"), indexicality is evident. Performativity is also relevant because Jeep constructs identity in its audience by giving the audience something to identify with (via speech and photographs).

Posted by Robyn Payne on June 27, 2017

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Indexicality;
Performativity;
Prosody

Indie Pop Voice

This is a somewhat-researched article on an apparently new phenomenon in pop music called "Indie Pop Voice." The voice involves the dipthongization and fronting of suppressed vowels in order to make them more remarkable. The result is an eerie augmentation that does not change meaning but nevertheless alters style. I believe that this phenomenon would be interesting to study: What are the linguistic conditions in which this most occurs? Can we find an origin in a certain speech community? Does this feature index particular demographics/identities? [Published on 10-06-2015]

Posted by Matthew Bernobich on October 6, 2015

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o fronting;
Prosody

Second City: Sassy Gay Friend

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a humor sketch from the Second City Network's series "Sassy Gay Friend." In this video, Sassy Gay Friend intervenes in Romeo and Juliet.

Posted on October 9, 2012

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Gay Mens Language;
Prosody

David Cross: The Gay Voice

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An excerpt from comedian David Cross on "The Gay Voice."