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Language, Gender and Sexuality

5. Summing Up

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In this module, we sum up some of the key ideas discussed in this course, including: (i) the idea that language constructs (or performs) identities rather than simply reflecting them; and (ii) the importance of context when analysing language: who is saying it? when? why? where?; (ii) Dr Jones' own research; and (iii) some recommendations for further reading: Helen Sauntson's Researching Language, Gender and Sexuality: A Student Guide (2019) and Paul Baker's Sexed Texts: Language, Gender and Sexuality (2008).


In this course, Dr Lucy Jones (University of Nottingham) explores language use through the lens of gender and sexuality. In the first module, we outline some of the traditional approaches to the question of why men and women use language differently. After that, we think about some of the more recent, constructionist approaches. In the third module, we explore the relationship between language and sexuality, before turning in the fourth module to think about language in relation to transgender identities. A short final module sums up the key learnings from this course, as well as providing some recommending reading.


Dr Lucy Jones is Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham. She works in the area of language, gender and sexuality (or queer linguistics) within the broader field of sociolinguistics, and her research makes use of critical discourse analysis and sociocultural linguistics alongside feminist and queer theory.

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