Beyond the Lavender Lexicon: Authenticity, Imagination, and Appropriation in Lesbian and Gay Languages

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William Leap
Gordon and Breach, 1995 - Social Science - 360 pages
In this collection of essays, an exciting group of linguists and social scientists pursue a substantially new direction from most recent works that merely catalogue or focus solely on semiotic themes. Relying heavily on the authors' insights and personal investments in their research topics, Beyond the Lavender Lexicon examines specific instances of language use, and centers its analysis around the speakers/writers and their contributions to message-exchange within a setting. These prominent scholars create a basis for a bold new exploration of homosexual dialogue as an independently developed linguistic construction, by arguing in support of distinctively constructed lesbian and gay languages.

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