Language, Sexuality, and Power: Studies in Intersectional Sociolinguistics examines the diversity of sexuality as a social and linguistic phenomenon. Bringing together work on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East, the volume explores how different ideologies of what it means to belong to a nation or culture influence how sexualities are both understood and linguistically expressed in a range of global locales. Contributions to the volume use experiments, discourse analysis and different types of statistical tests to identify the particular aspects of language - accent, grammar, vocabulary, discourse - that are ideologically associated with sexuality in specific contexts. Combining insights from linguistics, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, the essays describe how individuals draw on these culturally-specific associations both when evaluating the speech of others and in their everyday presentations of self. Together, the eleven chapters in the collection provide a wide-ranging and multi-method perspective on how language mediates individual desires and larger social structures.
They also serve to demonstrate the diverse interconnections between sexuality and other dimensions of lived experience in a variety of previously under-explored national and linguistic settings.
Erez Levon is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. Ronald Beline Mendes is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sao Paulo.
1 Introduction: Locating Sexuality in Language Erez Levon & Ronald Beline Mendes ; 2 How Does Oppression Work? Insights from Hong Kong Lesbian's Labelling Practices Andrew D. Wong ; 3 Social and linguistic representations of South African same-sex relations: The case of skesana Stephanie Rudwick & Thabo Msibi ; 4 Sorry Guys! The discursive construction of queer spatiality in Japanese women-only club flyers Claire Maree ; 5 /s/ variation and perceptions of male sexuality in Denmark Marie Maegaard & Nicolai Pharao ; 6 Nonstandard plural noun phrase agreement as an index of masculinity Ronald Beline Mendes ; 7 Variation and perception of sexual orientation in Caribbean Spanish Sara Mack ; 8 Percepts of Hungarian pitch-shifted male speech Peter Racz & Viktoria Papp ; 9 /s/exuality in small-town California: Gender normativity and the acoustic realization of /s/ Robert J. Podesva & Janneke Van Hofwegen ; 10 Kathoey and the linguistic construction of gender identity in Thailand Pavadee Saisuwan ; 11 Conflicted selves: Language, religion and same-sex desire in Israel Erez Levon