This article presents a counter-theoretical commentary on Paul Reed’s rootedness as an epistemological framework for quantifying the measurement and linguistic realization of place attachment. By examining researcher positionality and problematizing rootedness when examining implications for the study of queer communities, the author shows how the current rootedness framework fails to adequately account for social conflicts between place and agency. Moreover, the author presents a theoretical expansion or counter-theory complementing Reed’s rootedness notion rather than criticizing it. The author explores how personal evaluations of security and communal hostility might undermine current metrics for the study of rootedness in these populations and outline (up)rootedness and root rot as a means of accounting for these complexities.
Root Rot: Linguistic Conflicts of Place and Agency
TYLER KIBBEY is a sociocognitive linguist working on issues surrounding language, religion, and violence. Tyler is currently a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and a M.A./J.D. student in international law and diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyler Kibbey; Root Rot: Linguistic Conflicts of Place and Agency. American Speech 1 February 2023; 98 (1): 91–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-10579481
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