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Aging and Chronic Illness in Language and Sexuality  

Elizabeth Peel and Sonja J. Ellis

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Sep 2018
An aging demographic in Western societies as well as globally has made public health issues, such as dementia, subject to hyperbolic metaphor such as “tsunami” and “time bomb.” This ... More

Contrast: Dissecting an Elusive Information-structural Notion and its Role in Grammar  

Sophie Repp

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This article critically evaluates the notion of contrast and discusses the role that contrast has been claimed to have in grammar. It argues that a precise understanding of grammatical ... More

Conversation Analysis, Language, and Sexuality  

Elizabeth Stokoe and Susan Speer

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Sep 2018
This chapter describes and illustrates a conversation analytic approach to language and sexuality. It begins by exploring contrasts between conversation analytic and other approaches to ... More

Corpus Linguistics and Sexuality  

Paul Baker and Robbie Love

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Nov 2018
Corpus linguistics involves the use of computer software to aid the analysis of language data, in some cases up to billions of words of text. Techniques like frequency lists, keyword ... More

Cultural Poetics (Ethnopoetics)  

Anthony K. Webster

This article argues for the continuing importance of ethnopoetics/cultural poetics in the work of linguists and anthropologists. A heuristic definition of ethnopoetics (or cultural ... More

Doing Tricks: Affordances and Challenges for a Sociolinguistics of Sex Work  

Rodrigo Borba

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Jul 2018
Sex work has long been of interest to a variety of fields, among them anthropology, sociology, public health, and feminist theory, to name but a few. However, with very few exceptions, ... More

Focus Projection Theories  

Karlos Arregi

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter examines the phenomenon of focus projection: a sentence with prosodic marking of focus on a word can lead to ambiguity, in that different constituents containing the word can ... More

Information Structure: A Cartographic Perspective  

Enoch Aboh

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter discusses the cartographic approach to clause structure according to which information structure directly relates to syntactic heads that project within the clausal left ... More

Language and Sexual Normativity  

Heiko Motschenbacher

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Jul 2018
This chapter highlights the role of the concept of normativity in language and sexuality studies. It is argued that normativity has played a central role in this field, even if as a ... More

Language and Sexual Politics: Discursive Negotiations of Belonging  

Erez Levon

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Jul 2018
This chapter discusses the relationship between language and sexual politics. It focuses on the ways language is used to police membership in different gendered and sexual groups, to ... More

Language, Disability, and Breast Cancer  

Vaidehi Ramanathan

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Nov 2018
While previous applied sociolinguistic scholarship has addressed language in a variety of medical and disability-related settings, and while there is now a growing body of research on ... More

Lesbian Identity Construction  

Lucy Jones

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Aug 2018
This chapter considers the relevance of cultural discourses to speakers’ indexing of recognizable “lesbian” identities. It begins with a discussion of the ideological discourses that ... More

Lying and Discourse Analysis  

Dariusz Galasiński

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
The chapter is concerned with discourse-analytic perspectives on lying and deception. Starting with an assertion that lying is linguistically uninteresting—there are no linguistic markers ... More

Quantification and Information Structure  

Manfred Krifka

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
The chapter provides an overview of the interaction between quantification and information-structural properties, especially focus, givenness, and topic. While quantification affects truth ... More

The Semiotics of Love  

Marcel Danesi

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Jul 2018
Rituals, symbols, art forms, and narratives devoted to celebrating and reflecting upon the meanings of romantic love have existed throughout time and across cultural spaces. Deciphering ... More

Sexual Stigma: Markedness, Taboo, Containment, and Emergence  

Steven Black

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Jul 2018
This chapter provides an overview of research on language and sexual stigma. Sexual stigma is defined as the sociolinguistic and psychological process by which a person or group’s ... More

Sexuality and Translation: Rewriting Identities and Desires  

Jose Santaemilia

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Jul 2018
This chapter offers a panorama of research on sexuality and translation, a promising field of research still underexamined. Two directions are identified: the translation of sexuality, and ... More

Syntactic and Prosodic Effects of Information Structure in Romance  

Cecilia Poletto and Giuliano Bocci

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
The chapter presents a general overview of several phenomena related to information structure in the Romance languages and varieties spoken in Europe and takes into account the left and ... More

Towards a Neurobiology of Information Structure  

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky and Petra B. Schumacher

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2016
This chapter reviews neurophysiological and neuroanatomical investigations of information structural notions, with a view to working towards a neurobiologically grounded perspective. It ... More

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