Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type


Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Linguistics Department, Sociology & Anthropology Department

First Advisor

Jia Hui Lee

Second Advisor

Jane Chandlee


In this thesis, I examine the shift in Quaker language use over time, focusing on the formation of group identity, the accessibility of Quaker language, and legacy and silence in a history of racial discrimination. These aspects of Quaker practice are crucial in addressing concerns about inclusivity and justice work, providing the potential for greater metalinguistic intentionality. My research analyzes language's role in shaping such attitudes, beliefs, and action. I examine seventeenth century Quakers’ use of Quaker Plain Speech (QPS), observing that the progression towards modern Quaker language is uneven among these three areas of focus. I claim that these new uses of language need to be comprehensively studied and understood in order to encourage communal reflection in Quaker spaces.