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Master of Arts in Linguistic Theory and Typology (MALTT)

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Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences


Linguistic Theory & Typology

First Advisor

Dr. Edward Barrett

Second Advisor

Dr. Rasheed Flowers


This thesis observes how University of Kentucky fans and athletes create both a community and a religious experience surrounding the sport of football through their use of language. Fans and athletes took part in interviews that implicitly asked about religious experiences and community. Once the interviews were completed, they were transcribed and underwent open thematic coding. Themes were gathered from the interviews and compared to determine if the fans and athletes were separate subcommunities or if they were simply part of the at-large University of Kentucky football program community. These themes also aided in determining if and how fans and athletes create a religious experience. The determined themes confirm that there is a religious experience created by the fans and athletes and that the two groups are distinct subcommunities within the at-large community.

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