Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2015

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

First Advisor

Lee, Janie

Major or Concentration



Unique linguistic habits are upheld by the anime fandom community JADE, the Japanese Animated and Dramatic Entertainment club at the University of Mary Washington. Discourse and interaction within this community are studied over the course of a semester through observation and audio recordings. Conversations are then transcribed and carefully examined for trends in syntax and lexicon. Analysis reveals that participants employ language to situate themselves in a space between East and West. Though they are geographically removed from the source cultures of anime production, the use of certain pronouns and anaphoric adverbs suggest a close alignment with Eastern culture and humor. Hyperbolized lexical items and analogies are also implemented to perform humor and establish camaraderie within the community.

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Linguistics Commons