Rusty Barrett

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Department of Linguistics
  • American Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Social Theory
  • Gender and Women's Studies
1673 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-3114
Research Interests:

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Mayan Languages  
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
Selected Publications: 

From drag queens to leathermen: Language, gender, and gay male subcultures. Oxford Studies in Language and Gender, New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2017.

Indigenous hip hop as anti-colonial discourse in Guatemala. In Music as multimodal discourse: Semiotics, power, and protest. Ed by Lyndon C. S. Way and Simon McKerrell. London: Bloomsbury. 2017.

Mayan language revitalization, hip hop, and ethnic identity in Guatemala. Language & communication. 47: 144-153. 2016.

The emergence of the unmarked:  Queer theory, language ideology, and formal linguistics, In Jenny Davis, Joshua Raclaw and Lal Zimman (eds), Queer excursions: Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014: 195-224.

Ideophones and (non-)arbitrariness in the K’iche’ poetry of Humberto Ak’abal. Pragmatics and society. 5(3): 406-418. 2014.


Jung-Tae Kim and Rusty Barrett,영어강의를위한실용교실영어: Classroom English in Use. Seoul: Kyung Moon Publishers. 2011.

Linguistic differentiation in Mayan language revitalization in Guatemala. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 12(3): 275-305. 2008.


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