Ayden Parish
Current PhD student
Department of Linguistics

My primary research interests are in autism, neurodiversity, discourse analysis, lexical semantics, and metaphor. I am interested in the construction and use of psychiatric language in everyday contexts. I draw not only from linguistics, but also from critical disability studies, queer theory, science and technology studies, and medical anthropology. I examine how language around psychiatric disorders, particularly autism, reflects and reinforces normative discourse around such topics as gender, sexuality, and race.