We’re looking forward to next week’s linguistics research seminar (2pm Wednesday 3 April)
David Wright, from Nottingham Trent University, will be talking about a fascinating aspect of forensic linguistics. Here’s more information:
“She kept saying no but that didn’t stop me”: discourses of resistance in an online Pick Up Artist forum.
3 April; 2:00-3:00 pm; Lipman Building 121
This paper is a corpus-assisted discourse study of a dataset comprising 26-million-words taken from a popular and publicly accessible ‘Pick-Up Artist’ (PUA) online forum. The analysis of this data finds that the forum provides a unique communicative space in which discourses of sexual resistance and consent are regularly co-constructed in the posts made by members of the community. The discursive patterns identified offer a new perspective on the relationship between resistance and consent thus far explored by forensic linguistics, and suggest that while in the criminal justice system female victims are held to a standard of utmost resistance, what they can often face from assailants is non-relenting, abusive and utmost persistence.
There’s a campus map and directions to the campus here: