Senior Honor Thesis Presentations

2016-2017

Alex Ridley Senior Honors Thesis Presentation

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to announce the Spring 2017 Senior Honors Thesis Presentation by:

Alex Ridley, "Language Attitudes toward Queer Epithets in Arabic: A Sociolinguistic Investigation"

Wednesday April 26th, 3:00pm in Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

Synopsis: This Senior Honors Thesis investigates the language attitudes held by Arabic speaking men who identify as queer toward four epithets used to describe queer identities: lūṭī, šāḏ, miṯlī, and gay. This thesis uses two instruments to probe implicit and explicit attitudes of queer terminology: matched guise and overt questionnaire. To probe the implicit attitudes held by queer Arab men, this study experiments with a covert technique, matched guise. While the majority of matched guise studies investigate the attitudes of phonological features, this investigation extends the matched guise instrument to probe the attitudes toward lexical items. In the matched guise task, participants rank four speakers who identify as lūṭī, šāḏ, miṯlī, or gay on gradient adjective scales. In the next task, which probes explicit attitudes, participants respond to direct questions about their relationships to the lexical items under investigation. The results of both measures in the survey provide three major contributes to the intersection of sociolinguistics and the Arabic language. One, the results of this thesis contribute quantitative data to support the qualitative data about attitudes toward queer terminology in Arabic. Two, the consistent results of the matched guise and the overt questionnaire demonstrate that the guise voice technique can be extended to probe attitudes toward lexical items. Three, the findings of this thesis provide insight about in-group member's attitudes toward queer epithets to outsiders.

2015-2016

Senior Honors Thesis Presentations

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to announce the Spring 2016 Senior Honors Thesis Presentation by:

Zaynab Malik, "Psychological Displacement in Nakba Literature"

and

Amin Gharad, "Sacred War & Solidarity"

Wednesday April 20th, 2:00pm in Poulton Hall, Rm. 230

2014-2015

KEEGAN TEREK PRESENTS HIS SENIOR HONORS THESIS

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to announce the Spring 2015 Senior Honors Thesis Presentation by:

Keegan Terek

"Georgetown Arabic Students Abroad: Comparing the Linguistic Perceptions of Future and Former Study Abroad Students in the Arab World."

Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30am in ICC 450

2013-2014

MICHAEL LESSMAN PRESENTS HIS SENIOR HONORS THESIS

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to announce the Spring 2014 Senior Honors Thesis Presentation by

Michael Lessman

"Triune Oneness in Yahya Ibn ‘Adi’s Treatise on Unity"

Wednesday, April 30th, 1:00pm in Poulton 230

2012-2013

CAITLIN ATTAL & ARIANA MARNICIO PRESENT THEIR SENIOR HONORS THESES

The Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is proud to announce the Spring 2013 Senior Honors Thesis Presentations by 
Caitlin Attal
The Media War in Syria: A Battle for the Last Word
and
Ariana Marnicio
Muslim Women, Sex, and Lingerie: Her Private Side Made Public
Wednesday, April 17th, 12:30pm in Poulton 230