LGBT linguistics

LGBT linguistics is the study of language as used by members of LGBT communities. Related or synonymous terms include lavender linguistics, advanced by William Leap in the 1990s, which "encompass[es] a wide range of everyday language practices" in LGBT communities,[1] and queer linguistics, which refers to the linguistic analysis concerning the effect of heteronormativity on expressing sexual identity through language.[2] The former term derives from the longtime association of the color lavender with LGBT communities.[1] "Language", in this context, may refer to any aspect of spoken or written linguistic practices, including speech patterns and pronunciation, use of certain vocabulary, and, in a few cases, an elaborate alternative lexicon such as Polari.


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