LINGUIST List 9.490

Mon Mar 30 1998

Sum: Queer Linguistics

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  • 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 <>

    Websites: - Gregory Ward's bibliography at:


    - Social_Science/Linguistics_and_Human_Languages/Languages/Polari/

    "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 Literature"

    - 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: ~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~