Gender diversity and the voice

Authored by: Lal Zimman

The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality

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

Print ISBN: 9781138200265
eBook ISBN: 9781315514857
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315514857-6

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Abstract

Recent years have seen unprecedented visibility for transgender people and issues, and sociolinguists are increasingly interested in exploring the ways gender diversity is manifested on a linguistic level. An interest in gender diversity not only demands the inclusion of transgender and gender non-conforming speakers in sociolinguistic research, but also a shift in how the field thinks about gender and sex. Most significantly, trans-inclusive research disrupts the assumption that sex and gender will align in normative ways, that speakers’ gender identities can be ascertained based on appearance, that sex and gender are binaries, and that members of the same gender category will embody norms for that category to the same extent.

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