- The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society
- List of Contributors
- Introduction—Language and Society: A Critical Poststructuralist Perspective
- Language and Society: Historical Overview and the Emergence of a Field of Study
- Language, Imperialism, and the Modern Nation-State System: Implications for Language Rights
- Language and Political Economy
- Language and Power
- Language Ideologies
- Language Policy and Local Practices
- Language, Migration, Diaspora: Challenging the Big Battalions of Groupism
- Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Globalization, and Superdiversity: Toward Sociolinguistic Repertoires
- Diglossia and Beyond
- Language Shift and Sustainability: Critical Discourses and Beyond
- Discourses of Endangerment from Mother Tongues to Machine Readability
- Sign Languages
- Multiliteracies and Transcultural Education
- Urban Languages in African Contexts: Toward a Multimodal Approach to Urban Languages
- Indigenous Peoples and Their Languages
- Entry Visa Denied: The Construction of Symbolic Language Borders in Educational Settings
- Linguistic Profiling and Discrimination
- From Elderspeak to Gerontolinguistics: Sociolinguistic Myths
- Language and Racialization
- Language and Sexuality
- Linguistic Landscapes
- The Internet, Language, and Virtual Interactions
- Mediatization and the Language of Journalism
- Bilingual Education
- Conclusion: Moving the Study of Language and Society into the Future
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Tommaso M. Milani is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His main areas of research encompass language politics and language ideologies, performativity theory, multimodal critical discourse analysis, and language, gender and sexuality. He is Co-Editor of the journals African Studies (Taylor and Francis) and Gender and Language (Equinox); he is also Editor of the book series Advances in Sociolinguistics (Bloomsbury). His work has appeared in many international journals, including Gender & Language, Discourse & Society, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Journal of Language and Politics, Journal of Language and Sexuality, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, and Linguistics and Education. He has edited Language Ideologies and Media Discourse (together with Sally Johnson) (Continuum), and Language and Masculinities: Performances, Intersections, Dislocations (Routledge).
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