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List of AuthorsLindeman Meri

PublisherJOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO

PlaceAMSTERDAM

Publication year2024

JournalJOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND SEXUALITY

Journal name in sourceJOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND SEXUALITY

Journal acronymJ LANG SEX

Volume number13

Issue number1

Start page98

End page123

Number of pages26

ISSN2211-3770

eISSN2211-3789

DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jls.00032.lin

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1075/jls.00032.lin


Abstract
This article explores the conceptions and attitudes that non-linguists have towards Finnish spoken by gay men. Combining folk linguistics and feminist theories, the study utilises interview and survey data for content analysis. The study finds that the main characteristics of speech viewed as "gay" - e.g. high pitch, atypical intonation patterns, nasality, non-canonical /s/ quality, use of affective adjectives - align with the speech stereotypes associated with girls and young women. The article suggests that, even though the attitudes explicitly communicated by the participants are mostly neutral, the language features associated with gay men show a strong relation to extra-linguistic gay stereotypes.


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