Linguistics

Me with sociolinguist, William Labov

Me with sociolinguist, William Labov

I received a Master of Arts in linguistics at the University of Utah in May 2015. My Master’s thesis was titled, “The Role of Gender Socialization and Sibilants in the Perception of Gay- and Straight-Sounding Voices: A Study of Returned Latter-day Saint Missionaries in Utah”, which looked at the gender socialization and phonetic correlates of gay sounding speech in the LDS community.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from The Ohio State University in June of 2008.

My primary research interests within linguistics and linguistic anthropology lie within sociolinguistics and ethnographic approaches to studying language and include: language and culture; language and identity; language socialization; social justice; postcolonialism; media and technology; social networks; indigenous languages of North America; Austronesian languages; language description, documentation, conservation, and revitalization.

Current Curriculum Vitæ.

Master’s Thesis

Borders, Derron. 2015. The role of gender socialization and sibilants in the perception of gay- and straight-sounding voices: A study of returned Latter-day Saint missionaries in Utah. University of Utah, thesis. (pdf)

Papers

Alzoubi, Abdulaziz, Derron S. Borders, & Marianna Di Paolo. 2013. Variations of NG in Utah Vernacular English. ms, University of Utah.

Presentations

Borders, Derron. 2014. Gay- and straight-sounding voices: Gender socialization of returned Latter-day Saints missionaries. University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics. University of Utah, April 11.

Borders, Derron, Abdulaziz Alzoubi. 2014. (NG) in Utah: Retention or Innovation? University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics. University of Utah, April 11.

Alzoubi, Abdulaziz, Derron S. Borders, & Marianna Di Paolo. 2013. (NG) in Utah English. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42. Carnegie Mellon University. October 19. (pdf)

Borders, Derron S. 2011. An immersive and collaborative approach to teaching Native American languages: The Co-Teaching American Indian Language Immersion Program. University of Utah Student Conference in Linguistics. University of Utah.