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Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality

A Student Guide, 1st Edition

By Helen Sauntson


208 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality leads students through the process of undertaking research in order to explore how gender and sexuality are represented and constructed through language. Drawing on international research, Sauntson incorporates a fluid understanding of genders and sexualities and includes research on a diverse range of identities.

This accessible guidebook offers an outline of the practical steps and ethical guidelines involved when gathering linguistic data for the purpose of investigating gender and sexuality. Each chapter contains up-to-date information and empirical case studies that relate to a range of topics within the field of language, gender and sexuality, as well as suggestions for how students could practically research the areas covered.

Student-friendly, this is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of English Language, Linguistics and Gender Studies.


This book offers students a comprehensive account of the theories, methods and frameworks used in the field, applied usefully to illuminating case studies. Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality is essential reading for those developing their own research projects, but also an effective general introduction to the language, gender and sexuality.

Lucy Jones, University of Nottingham, UK

This book will spark students‘ interest in language, gender and sexuality and provide them with invaluable guidance for their own research projects. Its pertinent discussion of theoretical and methodological issues in combination with fresh illustrations and an incorporation of recent research render it an excellent resource.

Heiko Motschenbacher, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen

Table of Contents



List of Tables

List of Figures



Chapter 1 – What Questions Might A Linguist Ask about Language, Gender and Sexuality?

Chapter 2 – Theorising Gender and Sexuality: Feminism, Queer Theory and Performativity

Chapter 3 – What Does It Mean To Do Research in Language, Gender and Sexuality?

Chapter 4 – An Overview of Analytical Frameworks

Chapter 5 – Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality in Private and Public Contexts

Chapter 6 – Researching Linguistic Representations of Gender and Sexuality in the Media

Chapter 7 – Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality in Forensic Contexts

Chapter 8 – Breaking the Binary: Investigating Transgender, Gender Variance and Language

Chapter 9 – Researching Gender- and Sexuality-based Discriminatory Language

Chapter 10 – Writing Up, Drawing Conclusions and Sharing Your Research





About the Author

Helen Sauntson is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at York St John University, UK. Her research areas are language in education and language, gender and sexuality. She has published a range of books, chapters and journal articles in these areas and is co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality book series.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies