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Ariana Steele

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Ariana Steele

Doctoral Student


200 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociophonetics
  • Language and Gender
  • Language and Race


  • M.A. Linguistics, Ohio State University, 2019
  • B.A. Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Northwestern University, 2016
With hegemonic ideologies so pervasive, how do those marginalized by gender and race navigate linguistic landscapes to construct meaning beyond gendered racial expectations?
Drawing from a diverse set of theories and methods including sociolinguistics, gender studies, critical race studies, sociophonetics, and linguistic anthropology, Ariana is broadly interested in the relationships between identity, power, and sociolinguistic meaning for individuals at the intersections. Their dissertation considers the semiotic tactics that Black nonbinary speakers use to construct their identities in the face of intersecting structural oppressions and how those tactics are perceived by listeners in different contexts.

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