LINGUIST List 31.2930

Mon Sep 28 2020

Confs: Anthro Ling, Phonetics, Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 25-Sep-2020
From: Velda Khoo <>
Subject: Queer and Trans Sociophonetics Webinar
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Queer and Trans Sociophonetics Webinar

Date: 24-Oct-2020 - 24-Oct-2020
Location: Online, USA
Contact: Jeremy Calder
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Online webinar presented by: Linguistic Society of America Committee on LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics [COZIL] and Culture, Language, and Social Practice [CLASP] Program at University of Colorado

The sound of the queer voice has captured the intrigue of the popular and sociolinguistic imagination, spurring a wave of research investigatingwhat makes someone “sound gay”. While much research has sought to uncover the phonetic markers of the (cisgender, White, male) “gay sounding” voice, only recently has a wave of research begun to investigate the myriad ways that queer speakers of other gender, sexual, and racial identities articulate their identities. This panel continues this trajectory, aiming to: (1) explore how understudied and marginalized queer identities— including transgender, non-binary, and non-White identities— are articulated using phonetic,variationist methods; (2) discuss the implications that the phonetic patterns of these speakers have on theories of sociolinguistic variation that are based on White, cisgender, heterosexual speakers and often taken for granted as if they apply universally; (3) to explore the consequences of the ways that dominant theories and methodologies in sociolinguistics don’t account for the full range of queer experiences. 

Program Information:

Introduction to Queer and Trans Sociophonetics
Jeremy Calder, University of Colorado Boulder

Tran/s/gender: assessing the effects of the social construction of gender on speech. A focus on transgender /s/ realisations
James Parnell-Mooney, University of Glasgow

Variable vocal tract length as sociolinguistic feature
Lily Clifford, Stanford University

Pajara/s/ in wigs: bilingualism, latinidad,and gendered sociophonetics in Miami’s Queer Barrio
Christopher Mendoza, Florida International University

Ér-Change: shifting from “smooth operator” to “sexual modern” in Beijing Queer Media 
Andrew Ting, University of Colorado Boulder

Normativity in normalization: Methodological challenges in the (automated) analysis of vowels among non-binary speakersdeandre miles-hercules and Lal Zimman, University of California Santa Barbara

Audience Q&A

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