LINGUIST List 31.2620

Thu Aug 20 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, Disc Analys, Pragmatics, Socioling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Aug-2020
From: Li-Chi Chen <>
Subject: The Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Practices of Gay Roles, Gay Characters, and Gay Men: A Multimodal Perspective
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Full Title: The Linguistic and Non-Linguistic Practices of Gay Roles, Gay Characters, and Gay Men: A Multimodal Perspective
Short Title: IPrA17

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Li-Chi Chen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

Chie Yamane-Yoshinaga (Sanyo Gakuen University, Japan)
Li-Chi Chen (Kazimierz Wielki University)
Eryk Hajndrych (Kazimierz Wielki University)

The proposed panel will focus on the so-called gay language or gayspeak in both the fictional and the real worlds. Burgess (1949: 234) has asserted that the urban “homosexual world has its own language, incomprehensible to outsiders.” However, it is problematic to generalize how gay men talk, as their sexual identity interacts with their age, ethnicity, and social class (Cameron and Kulick 2003), as well as with the moments when they speak (Chen 2017). The proposed panel, thus, will critically discuss whether there is gayspeak by scrutinizing how the linguistic and non-linguistic practices of gay roles (e.g., in stage dramas, in movies, on television series, etc.) and gay characters (e.g., in comic books, in animations, etc.) are different from or similar to those of openly gay men on the social media platforms.

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions on how multimodal analysis facilitates the examination of the created, performed, and naturally-produced gayspeak in various genres. As pointed out by Seyfeddinipur and Gullberg (2014: 1): “Language is fundamentally multimodal.” More specifically, visible bodily actions are often used to complement, to supply, to substitute for, or to alternate with spoken words (Kendon 2004). While speech interacts with gestures, text and image also multiply each other in constructing various meanings (Bateman 2014), and their relationship can be taken as a case of multimodality (McCloud 1994; Cohn 2016; Cohn et al. 2017). Overall, the proposed panel intends to bring together scholars from various disciplines whose work is on the linguistic and non-linguistic practices of gay roles, gay characters, and gay men from a multimodal perspective. We hope to offer a platform for a highly-specialized discussion on both theoretical and empirical grounds.

Please see for submission instructions.

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Burgess, Ernest W. 1949. The sociological theory of psychosexual behavior. In Paul H. Hoch and Joseph Zubin (eds.), Psychosexual Development in Health and Disease, pp. 227–243. New York, NY: Grune and Stratton.
Cameron, Deborah, and Don Kulick. 2003. Language and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Chen, Li-Chi Lee. 2017. Taiwanese and Polish Humor: A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Cohn, Neil. 2016. A multimodal parallel architecture: A cognitive framework for multimodal interactions. Cognition 146: 304–323.
Cohn, Neil, Ryan Taylor, and Kaitlin Pederson. 2017. A picture is worth more words over time: Multimodality and narrative structure across eight decades of American superhero comics. Multimodal Communication 6(1): 19–37.
Kendon, Adam. 2004. Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McCloud, Scott. 1994. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
Seyfeddinipur, Mandana, and Marianne Gullberg. 2014. From gesture in conversation to visible action as utterance. In Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Marianne Gullberg (eds.), From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance: Essays in Honor of Adam Kendon, pp. 1–12. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

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