chapter  12
Language, Sexuality, Heteroglossia, and Intersectionality
ByWilliam L. Leap
Pages 14

Anthropological interests in language and sexuality began with studies that explored linguistic representations of differences, e.g., male vs. female speech, “third gender” categories, the “language(s)” of same-sex identities. Since the late 1990s, and inspired by emerging developments in queer linguistics (see Further Reading below), these interests have been reconfigured to ensure that linguistic inquiry is no longer anchored in single identities or in binary contrasts. Today’s studies examine connections between language and sexuality in relation to topics as diverse as embodiment (Hennen 2005, King 2008, Vidal-Ortiz 2011, Weinberg and Williams 2010), articulation (Podesva 2007, 2011, Zimman 2013), erotic practice (Adams-Thies 2012, Leap 2011, Morrish and Sauntson 2007a,b), public performance (Barrett 1999, Mann 2011, Motschenbacher 2012), homophobic/transphobic oppression (Edelman 2011, 2014, Murray 2009, Peterson 2010), migration and diaspora (Murray 2013), and sexual citizenship (Boellstorff 2005, Gaudio 2009, Provencher 2007, Rahman 2010, Leap and Boellstorff 2004).