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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Name: Lal  Zimman (IPA: lɑl 'zɪmņ)
Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder
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Homepage: http://rintintin.colorado.edu/~zimman
State and/or Country: CA
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Specialty: Sociophonetics; Language, Gender & Sexuality
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: • Booknote on 'Culture and Gender of Voice Pitch: A Sociophonetic Comparison of the Japanese and Americans,' Ikuko Patricia Yuasa (forthcoming).
• 'Female-to-male transsexuals and gay-sounding voices: A pilot study.'
• 'Biology, socialization, and identity: Accounting for the voices of female-to-male transsexuals' (extended abstract).
• 'Language, embodiment, and the 'third sex.'
• 'The other kind of coming out': Transgender people and the coming out narrative genre.
• Review of 'Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts,' Judith Baxter, ed.

Work in progress:
• 'Trans men and gay-sounding voices: The necessity of gender, sexuality, identity, and socialization.'
• 'Queerest of the queer? Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality.'
• 'The discursive construction of sex: Talk about embodiment among transsexual men.'
Courses Taught: Language in U.S. Society
Language and Gender
Language and Culture
World Language Policies
Linguistics Service Learning Program in Literacy
Dissertation Abstract: Voices in Transition: Testosterone, Transmasculinity, and the Gendered Voice among Female-to-Male Transgender People
Reviewer of: Ethnographic Fieldwork: A Beginner's Guide (LL Issue 22.1330)

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