• Language and power in Roman comedy 

    Rich, Laura Brooke (2009-05)
    The theory of powerless speech suggests that speakers in powerless social positions use more “powerless” speech acts than their social superiors. This report will use two such powerless speech acts, hedges and tag questions, ...
  • Ridicule, emotion, and community in ancient Rome 

    Rich, Laura Brooke; 0000-0002-1382-6990 (2015-12)
    This dissertation examines the effects of ridicule on emotions and communities in Latin literature. Ridicule has a social function of marking objectionable behavior and reinforcing acceptable behavior, since individuals ...