1st Edition

Linguistic Dimensions of Sexual Normativity
Corpus-Based Evidence

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ISBN 9781032040202
December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book advances the theorization of normativity as a key concept in language and sexuality studies, bringing together some of the author’s previous work with new material for a comprehensive exploration of the influence of normativity on the relationship between language and sexuality.

The first section of the book outlines fundamental areas of inquiry in language and sexuality studies today, with a focus on queer linguistic inquiry, and elucidates the book’s theoretical frameworks around normativity. Chapters in the section reflect on the ways in which normativity shapes sexuality-related language, how language is employed to convey sexual normativities, and on queer linguistic challenges for the use of research methods in the discipline through a discussion of their implementation in corpus linguistics. The second part of the book builds on these theoretical foundations by featuring seven case studies that illustrate a diverse range of methods and language data, with a concluding chapter considering the implications of their findings for furthering theoretical debates and future research on normativity in language and sexuality studies.

This volume will be of interest to scholars in language and sexuality, language and gender, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, applied linguistics, and corpus linguistics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Language, sexuality and the LIDISNO Project

Part 2: Theoretical and methodological considerations

Chapter 2: Language and normativity

Chapter 3: Sexual normativities

Chapter 4: A linguistic take on labeling theory

Chapter 5: Corpus linguistics in language and sexuality studies: Queer linguistic challenges

Part 3: Case studies

Chapter 6: Sexual labels I: A co-occurrence analysis

Chapter 7: Sexual labels II: A collocational word-sketch analysis

Chapter 8: Discursive shifts associated with coming out: A keyword and concordance analysis

Chapter 9: Language use before and after Stonewall: A historical corpus analysis

Chapter 10: Metalinguistic comments in gay men’s pre-Stonewall narratives: A folk linguistic analysis

Chapter 11: Shedding light on sexual speech acts: A pragmatic analysis

Chapter 12: The desire-identity shift in language use: A semantically driven corpus analysis

Part 4: Conclusion

Chapter 13: Extending the remit of labeling theory

Chapter 14: Non-heteronormative language guidelines



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Heiko Motschenbacher is Full Professor of English as a Second/Foreign Language at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen.