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date: 20 November 2018

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This chapter traces the developments of the field of language and sexuality over the last twenty years or so. It begins with an outline of research trends and most recent debates; it then moves on to provide a discussion of the importance of a spatial approach to language and sexuality. The main argument of the chapter is that taking space as the entry point for analyses of language and sexuality forces one to account for the multidimensionality of meaning-making practices, thus pushing linguistic studies of sexuality beyond their epistemological limit—language understood as verbal and written code—and compelling one to engage with the no less meaningful visual, material, and bodily sides of sexuality.

Keywords: body, language, materiality, sexuality, space

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