By Anna Livia, Kira Hall

This pioneering choice of formerly unpublished articles on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender language combines queer thought and feminist conception with the newest pondering on language and gender. The ebook expands the sphere way past the examine of "gay slang" to think about homosexual dialects (such as Polari in England), early glossy discourse on homosexual practices, and overdue twentieth-century descriptions of homosexuality. those essays learn the conversational styles of queer audio system in a wide selection of settings, from women's friendship teams to college rap teams and electronic message postings.

Taking a global--rather than regional--approach, the individuals herein examine the language utilization of sexually liminal groups in quite a few linguistic and cultural contexts, equivalent to lesbian audio system of yankee signal Language, jap homosexual male undefined, Hindi-speaking hijras (eunuchs) in North India, Hausa-speaking 'yan daudu (feminine males) in Nigeria, and French and Yiddish homosexual teams. the main available and numerous choice of its sort, Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality units a brand new commonplace within the learn of language's effect at the building of sexuality.

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The fact of the matter is that the "real" world is to a large extent unconsciously built on the language habits of the group. (Sapir 1929, quoted in Muhlhausler and Harre 1990: 3) Linguistic determinism Such categories as ... gender ... are systematically elaborated in language and are not so much discovered in experience as imposed upon it because of the tyrannical hold that linguistic form has upon our orientation in the world. (1970: 68) It might seem that while Foucault is talking about the constitutive power of discourse, Sapir is more concerned with the lexical and morphosyntactic levels of language, a distinction that might be mapped onto the Saussurean^aro/e, on the one hand, and langue, on the other.

However, when Sapir insists on the importance of the "language habits of the group," the distinction becomes blurred, and Foucault's conception of the power of discourse becomes strikingly similar to Sapir's hypothesis of the centrality of language to perception. The strong version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis has been disproven by numerous experiments concerning, particularly, color terminology considered from a cross-linguistic perspective. In the 1960s, Brent Berlin and Paul Kay showed that although color distinctions are coded differently in different languages, the terms are not arbitrary, nor is the spectrum divided up at random.

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