Jacquelyn Rahman

Jacquelyn RahmanAssociate Professor of Linguistics
Affiliate in Black World Studies, Global and Intercultural Studies

327 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus
(513) 529 5262


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2004

M.A., University of Texas, 1998

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntactic and lexical analysis
  • African-American English
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • The intersection of social class with regional and ethnic identity
  • Standard and vernacular varieties of African American English: structure, social contexts, verbal traditions
  • Linguistic profiling/language discrimination
  • "Missing the Target: Group Practices that Launch and Deflect Slurs." Language Sciences. Volume 52. 70-81. Elsevier Publications November 2015.
  • "African American Divas of Comedy:  Staking a Claim in Public Space." The Oxford Handbook of African American Language. Edited by Sonja Lanehart.  2015.
  • "Verbal Dueling, including Dozens, Ritual Insult." Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Edited by Salvatore Attardo. 2014
  • "Representations of Race." Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Edited by Salvatore Attardo. 2014
  • "The N Word: Its History and Use in the African American Community." The Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 40, Number 2. June 2012. 137-171.
  • "Woman to Woman: Building Solidarity in African American Female Comedy. English World-Wide Volume 32, 3, Fall 2011. 309-337.
  • "Middle Class African Americans: Reactions and Attitudes toward African American English.” American Speech, Vol. 83, Summer 2008.
  • "An ay for an ah: Language of Survival in African American Narrative Comedy," American Speech, Vol. 82, Spring 2007.
  • Linguistic practices of the African-American middle-class
  • Establishing tests to identify instances of linguistic profiling