A Textual Analysis of DavidSoComedy's Ugly Girls YouTube Response Video

  • Livia Poljak Simon Fraser University
Keywords: Language and Identity, Identity Markers, Accent and Identity, Speaker Legitimacy

Abstract

Using positioning theory and Bourdieu’s theories on speaker legitimacy, this article explores the link between identity and speech in the context of a YouTube video entitled Vlog 29: Ugly Girls by DavidSoComedy. By positioning himself as a legitimate speaker of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), Korean-American YouTuber DavidSoComedy effectively changes this form of English from an ethnic identity marker to a social identity marker. The article thus continues in the tradition of more recent researchers that have suggested that identity, and the languages associated with that identity, are fluid and ever-changing, rather than fixed.

Published
2018-12-12
How to Cite
Poljak, L. (2018). A Textual Analysis of DavidSoComedy’s Ugly Girls YouTube Response Video. SFU Educational Review, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.21810/sfuer.v11i1.561
Section
Articles