Location

Schewel Hall Room 231

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 11:00 AM

End Date

6-4-2016 11:15 AM

Abstract

A common debate between linguists is how homosexuals use language to perform their sexual identity. Linguists and sociolinguists have researched language and homosexuality for many years. The research has gone through phases which focus on different concentrations in the field of gay and lesbian language. In the earlier stages of research, linguists suggested language played a role in performing gay or lesbian identity. But by the later stages of research, linguists suggested gay men use language and speech to perform sexual identity while lesbians do not. Researchers have stated that gay men developed their own particular language which includes vocal characteristics, Gayspeak, and lavender lexicon, while lesbians have not developed their own lesbian language perhaps because lesbian is not as clear of an identity. Gay language creates a social and cultural identity for homosexual men’s assertion of their gay identity within the realm of society.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Leslie S. Layne

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Apr 6th, 11:00 AM Apr 6th, 11:15 AM

Gay Language: More Than Just Language, But an Identity

Schewel Hall Room 231

A common debate between linguists is how homosexuals use language to perform their sexual identity. Linguists and sociolinguists have researched language and homosexuality for many years. The research has gone through phases which focus on different concentrations in the field of gay and lesbian language. In the earlier stages of research, linguists suggested language played a role in performing gay or lesbian identity. But by the later stages of research, linguists suggested gay men use language and speech to perform sexual identity while lesbians do not. Researchers have stated that gay men developed their own particular language which includes vocal characteristics, Gayspeak, and lavender lexicon, while lesbians have not developed their own lesbian language perhaps because lesbian is not as clear of an identity. Gay language creates a social and cultural identity for homosexual men’s assertion of their gay identity within the realm of society.

http://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Presentations/20