LINGUIST List 9.490

Mon Mar 30 1998

Sum: Queer Linguistics

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  1. Johanna Rubba, Sum: Queer linguistics

Message 1: Sum: Queer linguistics

Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 18:21:31 -0800 (PST)
From: Johanna Rubba <>
Subject: Sum: Queer linguistics

A few weeks ago, I posted a query about sources on language and
homosexuality. I received helpful replies from a number of people, and
have obtained several excellent sources of readings for my
course. Here are the names of people who sent stuff to me, and then a
list of sources.

There's a lot more out there than some of us thought!
Is somebody keeping all this in a closet?? ;-)

Thanks for the information to:

Margaret Ronkin <>
Greg Jacobs <
"Richard C. DeArmond" <>
LyonSue <>
Melanie Misanchuk <>
Gregory Ward <>
Mai Kuha <>
Barry Joe <>
Lorenza Mondada <>
Silvia Moosmueller <>
Miriam Meyerhoff <>
Tracey Mchenry <>
Leslie John Cox <>

- Gregory Ward's bibliography at:



"In your summary, you might also mention the existence of OUTiL, a
mailing list for lesbian, gay, bisexual, dyke, queer, homosexual, etc.
linguists and their friends. Information about OUTiL is available at:";

Articles: --Greg Jacobs' article in American Speech, Spring 1996:
"Lesbian and Gay Male Language Use: A Critical Review of the

- Zeve, Barry. 1993. "The Queen's English: Metaphor in Gay Speech."
_English Today_ 35(9)

- Ashley, Leonard R. N. "Kinks and Queens: Linguistic and Cultural
Aspects of the Terminology for Gays." Maledicta 3 (1979): 215-256.

- Jack D. Avery & Julie M. Liss (1996): Acoustic characteristics of 
less-masculine-sounding male speech. in: Journal of the Acoustical 
Society of America 99 (6), pp. 3738-3748.

- Linville, S.E. (1998): Acoustic Correlates of Perceived versus
Actual Sexual Orientation in Men's Speech. In: Folia Phoniatrica et
Logopaedica 50 (1), pp. 35-48.

- Livia, Anna (1995). "I Ought to Throw a Buick at You: Fictional
Representations of Butch/Femme Speech." In Kira Hall and Mary
Bucholtz, eds. _Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially
Constructed Self._ New York: Routledge.

- Hall, Kira (1996). "Shifting Gender Positions among Hindi-speaking
Hijras." In Bergvall, Bing, and Freed, eds., _Rethinking Language and
Gender Reserach: Theory and Practice._ London: Longmans.

- Gaudio, Rudi (1994). "Sounding Gay: Speech Properties in the Speech
-of Gay and Straight Men." _American Speech_ 69, no. 1:30-57. 

-Cox, Leslie John, and Richard Fay. 1994. "Gayspeak, The Linguistic
-Fringe: Bona Polari, Camp, Queerspeak and Beyond" in Margins of the
-City, ed. Whittle, S. Athenaeum Press.


- "Queerly Articulated: Language, Gender, and Sexuality" edited by
Kira Hall; less about gay language than about women and language:
"Gender Articulated: Language and the socially constructed self."

- Grahn, Judy. Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.

- Butler, J. (1993). Bodies That Matter. On the Discursive Limits of
"Sex". New York: Routledge.

- Butler, J. (1997). Excitable Speech. A Politics of the Performative.
London: Routledge.

- Livia, A., & Hall, K. (Ed.). (1997). Queerly Phrased: Language,
Gender and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Once again, thanks to all. If I have left anyone out, my apologies!!

Johanna Rubba	Assistant Professor, Linguistics ~
English Department, California Polytechnic State University ~
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 ~
Tel. (805)-756-2184 E-mail: ~ 
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