Gender and sexuality in discourse

Semiotic and multimodal approaches

Authored by: Michelle M. Lazar

The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Print publication date:  April  2021
Online publication date:  April  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138200265
eBook ISBN: 9781315514857
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This chapter looks at the gradual move towards semiotic and multimodal research in the field of language, gender, and sexuality. The move signals a significant and necessary step in widening the semiotic lens to consider language as one among multiple modes of meaning and sense-making that occurs in discourses pertaining to gender and sexuality. The range of modes discussed in the chapter includes language, gestures, colour, visual images and photography, music and song, dress and props, materialities, represented affect, typography, and embodied performances. All these are semiotic resources that may be mobilised towards the provision of holistic analyses of gendered/sexed texts and talk.

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