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The UNIT “dating” crisis: using digital humanities tools to investigate shipping claims in the Third Doctor era of Doctor Who

Katz, Mara (2014) The UNIT “dating” crisis: using digital humanities tools to investigate shipping claims in the Third Doctor era of Doctor Who. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Participants in a conversation commonly use terms of address to index interpersonal status and solidarity among interlocutors. Such terms are crucial in fiction, film, and television scripts in guiding audiences in their construction of the relationships among characters. In this thesis, I examine the use of terms of address in episodes of the BBC television drama Doctor Who from the first half of the 1970s. In particular, I look at the role those terms play in fans’ practice of shipping characters. “Shipping,” or theorizing the existence of subtextual romantic relationships between “pairings” of characters, is a common fan practice. I conclude that the shipping choices
fans make do not appear to correlate with the use of terms of address between characters.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Katz, Maramhk19@pitt.eduMHK19
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMortensen, David R.drm31@pitt.eduDRM31
Committee MemberBirnbaum, David J.djbpitt@pitt.eduDJBPITT
Committee MemberHan, Na-Raenaraehan@pitt.eduNARAEHAN
Committee MemberLevin,
Date: 1 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 April 2014
Approval Date: 1 May 2014
Submission Date: 15 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 37
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: linguistics, sociolinguistics, Doctor Who, Digital Humanities, XML, XSLT, shipping, corpus
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2014 14:23
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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