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Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2007
A.B. in Linguistics, Stanford University, 1995
Areas of Specialization
• Linguistic anthropology
• Language, race, gender, and sexuality
• Asian American language
• Language in new media
I am a sociolinguist interested in how language relates to race, gender, and sexuality. In particular, I seek to understand the role of language in producing social facts, whether identities or ideologies, across discourse contexts. Drawing on methods of interactional analysis and ethnography, I have primarily investigated Asian American youth linguistic practices and stereotypical Asian linguistic representations.
Recently Taught Courses
• Introduction to Language (Spring 2014)
• Introduction to Language Sciences (Fall 2013, Spring 2012)
• Language & Gender (Fall 2011)
• Language & Racism (Fall 2015)
• Language & Whiteness (Fall 2012)
• Language Conflict & Language Rights (Spring 2013)
• Language in Society (Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Spring 2011)
• Language, Race & Ethnicity in the U.S. (Fall 2016, Spring 2014)
• Discourse Analysis (Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011)
• Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Fall 2015)
• Language & Race (Fall 2016, Spring 2011)
• Survey of Linguistics (Fall 2012)
Current Research Projects
One of my current projects focuses on language and racism in U.S. public space. I explore what makes language hearable as racist and how anti-racist strategies can reshape racial ideologies.
Another project focuses on language in transnational social media contexts. I examine how the language of social media users, such as Asian American YouTube stars and K-pop (Korean popular music) fans, becomes collaboratively interpreted by viewers across trajectories of media commentary.
In past and current projects, I have investigated language practices that appear to traverse boundaries of race or nation, such as when Asian Americans stylize Asian immigrants, mock privileged white girls, or emulate African Americans. I have explored the ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality that these practices reproduce as well as the local cultural projects they serve.
• Forthcoming. Chun, Elaine. How to drop a name: Hybridity, purity, and the K-pop fan. Language in Society. Special issue edited by Adrienne Lo and Joseph Park.
• Forthcoming. McKinney, Julia & Chun, Elaine. Celebrations of a Satirical Song: Ideologies of Anti-Racism in the Media. Nancy Bell (ed.) Language Play. De Gruyter Mouton.
• 2016. Chun, Elaine. The meaning of ching-chong: Language, racism, and response in new media. In H. Samy Alim, Arnetha F. Ball & John R. Rickford (eds.). Raciolinguistics: How language shapes our ideas about race, 81-96. New York: Oxford University Press.
• 2015. Chun, Elaine & Lo, Adrienne. Language and Racialization. Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, 220-232. Nancy Bonvillain (ed.). New York: Routledge.
• 2013. Chun, Elaine. Ironic Blackness as Masculine Cool: Asian American Language and Authenticity on YouTube. Applied Linguistics 34 (5), 592-612. Special issue edited by Anna De Fina and Sabina Perrino.
• 2013. Chun, Elaine. Styles of Pledging allegiance: Practicing youth citizenship in the United States. Language & Communication 33(4B), 500–514. Special issue edited by Jennifer Reynolds & Elaine Chun.
• 2013. Reynolds, Jennifer & Chun, Elaine. Introduction: Figuring citizenship: Communicative practices mediating the cultural politics of citizenship and age. Language & Communication 33(4B), 473-480.
• 2011. Chun, Elaine. Reading race beyond black and white. Discourse & Society 22(4), 403-21. Special issue edited by H. Samy Alim & Angela Reyes.
• 2011. Chun, Elaine & Walters, Keith. Orienting to Arab Orientalisms: Language, race, and humor in a YouTube video. In Crispin Thurlow & Kristine Mroczek (eds.). Digital Discourse: Language in the New Media, 251-273. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• 2009. Chun, Elaine. Speaking like Asian immigrants: Intersections of accommodation and mocking at a U.S. high school. Pragmatics 19, 17-38. Special issue edited by Mary Bucholtz & Elena Skapoulli.
• 2009. Chun, Elaine. Ideologies of legitimate mockery: Margaret Cho’s revoicings of mock Asian. In Angela Reyes and Adrienne Lo (eds.). Beyond Yellow English: Towards a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America, 261-287. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• 2006. Chun, Elaine. Taking the mike: Performances of everyday identities and ideologies at a U.S. high school. In Er-Xin Lee, Kris M. Markman, Vivian Newdick and Tomoko Sakuma (eds.). SALSA XIII: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Symposium about Language and Society—Austin, 39-49. Austin, TX: Department of Linguistics, University of Texas.
• 2004. Chun, Elaine. Ideologies of legitimate mockery: Margaret Cho's revoicings of mock Asian. Pragmatics 14, 263-289, Special issue edited by Adrienne Lo & Angela Reyes.
• 2001. Chun, Elaine. The construction of white, black, and Korean American identities through African American Vernacular English. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 11, 52-64. Special issue edited by Mary Bucholtz & Sara Trechter.
EDITED SPECIAL ISSUES
• 2013. Reynolds, Jennifer & Chun, Elaine (eds.). Special issue: Figuring citizenship: Communicative practices mediating the cultural politics of citizenship and age. Language & Communication 33(4B).