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Language, Gender and Sexuality

4. Transgender Identities

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In this module, we think about language in relation to transgender identities, focusing in particular on: (i) the work of Lal Zimman and the concept of a 'true transsexual identity' constructed through language; (ii) the work of Lucy Jones and the identities performed by trans people on social media; and (iii) the work of Rodrigo Borba and Lex Konnelly, and the language used by trans people when accessing support and medical services.


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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Jones, L. (2022, April 11). Language, Gender and Sexuality - Transgender Identities [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Jones, Lucy. "Language, Gender and Sexuality – Transgender Identities." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 11 Apr 2022,

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