Language and Sexuality: Contesting Meaning in Theory and Practice

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Language and Sexuality explores the question of how linguistic practices and ideologies relate to sexuality and sexual identity, opening with a discussion of the emerging field of "queer linguistics" and moving from theory into practice with case studies of language use in a wide variety of cultural settings. The resulting volume combines the perspectives of the field's top scholars with exciting new research to present new ideas on the ways in which language use intersects with...

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Language and Sexuality explores the question of how linguistic practices and ideologies relate to sexuality and sexual identity, opening with a discussion of the emerging field of "queer linguistics" and moving from theory into practice with case studies of language use in a wide variety of cultural settings. The resulting volume combines the perspectives of the field's top scholars with exciting new research to present new ideas on the ways in which language use intersects with sexual identity.

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Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Robert J. Podesva, Sarah J. Roberts, and Andrew Wong are in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Speaking of Sex 1
Pt. 1 Contesting Meaning in Theory 23
2 Is Queer Theory Important for Sociolinguistic Theory? 25
3 Not Entirely in Support of a Queer Linguistics 45
4 Queer Linguistics? 65
5 A Matter of Interpretation: The 'Future' of 'Queer Linguistics' 69
6 The Future of Queer Linguistics 87
7 Demystifying Sexuality and Desire 99
8 Language, Sexuality and Political Economy 111
Pt. 2 Contesting Meaning in Practice 135
9 Queering Semantics: Definitional Struggles 137
10 The Semantic Derogation of Tongzhi: A Synchronic Perspective 161
11 Sharing Resources and Indexing Meanings in the Production of Gay Styles 175
12 Camionneuses s'abstenir: Lesbian Community Creation Through the Personals 191
13 Identity and Script Variation: Japanese Lesbian and Housewife Letters to the Editor 207
14 Skirting Around: Towards an Understanding of HIV/AIDS Educational Materials in Modern Israeli Hebrew 225
15 Playing the Straight Man: Displaying and Maintaining Male Heterosexuality in Discourse 249
16 'Open Desire, Close the Body': Magic Spells, Desire and the Body Among the Petalangen Women in Indonesia 267
Index 289
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