November 27th, 2006

Please help with my research paper!

Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help!

From the perspective of the study of sociolinguistics, there is only a small body of work around the idea of "sounding gay" — both in terms of what that means, and how it is learned (or not).

The phenomenon has been studied, again linguistically, with varying amounts of research from these angles: phonological variation, grammatical variation, standard speech, lexicon, discourse, and paralanguage. As a project for my ENG 525 Variety in Language class, I am collecting more data to pass on to linguistic majors doing research in this area as part of their master's or PhD programs.

If you'd be willing to help advance the research on this important topic, please do so by responding to my survey. The main audience of the survey is gay men, but it contains a way to identify your sexual orientation, and responses from everyone will be accepted.

The survey consists of 56 questions, most of which have multiple choice answers, and is completely confidential and anonymous. I'm estimating 10-150 minutes to respond if that helps you plan if, or when, to take it. I hope you will.

If you have gay male friends you think would be interested in taking it, please feel free to pass the survey URL on to them, or if you are a member of a listserv or other electronic community comprised predominately of gay men, again, please feel free to pass the survey URL on to them. In fact, I would appreciate it very much.

Survey URL:

Questionnaire development completion, God cleans his whiteboards, and a stop at Helios...

Haircut Of The Year

I was up at 9:00 today, and spent most of the day putting the final touches on my "Sounding Gay" survey for my final paper in ENG 525 Variety in Language.

I got to school at about 5:30, and the class that meets in the room we meet in at 6:00 was still in there. I took a seat next to a girl from my class who was already there and sitting on the bench outside the classroom door. Unfortunately, I don't know her name.

She immediately went off on how bad our professor is, whom she has for not just this, but yet another class this semester. She said that she had gone all the way to the dean of the College of Management to complain about what a dreadful teacher he is.

Their answer? "Yes, we know. He's not the best communicator." Understatement of fucking time immortal.

In one of our classes earlier in the semester someone, presumably a professor, who also uses this room we meet in, left a passive-aggressive note on the whiteboard about erasing it when you're through.

Tonight, I walked into the room before the teacher teaching the previous class had left, and he asked as I was plugging in my laptop, "Are you in a class next in this classroom, or are you just here using the outlet?"

"No, I'm in this class."

He continued, "What are you learning in this class?"

I said, "Well, it's a linguistics course, but as far as learning anything..."

"So it isn't a religion class or anything? You're not studying God or the bible in here?"

I replied, "Oh no. I can assure you we're not talking about God in here."

"Oh," he said, "I was just wondering because someone who uses this room can't be bothered to erase the whiteboard, or if they do, they don't do it very well. There's always stuff about religion and the bible left on there. The other day, some of the word "God" was still showing and I wrote after it, "...would have erased the whiteboard after using it."

Well, that just cracked me up. Meet Mr. Passive-Aggressive.

I'm guessing it didn't occur to him that us using the classroom after him (and meeting only once a week) would infinitely minimize the chances that it was our class notes still on the board at the beginning of his class.

I worked on my weekend blog entries at Helios after class, while enjoying a Single Skinny Iced Caramella.

Dr. Brad came in, and he and I had a very interesting conversation about my "Sounding Gay" research.