CALL FOR PAPERS
Language for transgender people and transgender talk. Or how transgender individuals are shaped and shape themselves in language.
Special Issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL)
De Gruyter Mouton (ISSN 0165-2516, print - 1613-3668, web)
Editor: Emilia Di Martino (Università di Napoli Suor Orsola Benincasa)
Co-editor: Luise von Flotow (University of Ottawa)
Discussion about the language of transgender is rare. There has been little systematic study of the relationship between transgenderism and language. Episodes such as the backlash against tweets that was directed at Catherine McGregor on the Australian talk show Q&A (October 2014) have recently brought the issue of trans-etiquette to the fore. In a culture moving beyond mere tolerance toward embracing diversity, the focus could now be on how transgender individuals, who have chosen a multilayered and flexible identity, shape themselves in language. This issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language invites contributions that explore transgenderism and the permeability of boundaries from the perspective of language, focusing on how transgender individuals are constrained by language other people use to talk about them but also on how they manipulate those constraints when talking about themselves or using language to engender others.
Theoretical reflections as well as analytical explorations of newspaper and magazine articles, Internet groups discussions, interviews, films, TV series, documentaries, and other written and/or audiovisual materials connected with the themes identified and produced in English-speaking countries are encouraged. Intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches are most welcome.
Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The transgender coming out narrative genre
- Linguistic constructions of transgenderism
- The heteronormative community’s making sense of the transgender identities
- Linguistic rewriting of dominant gender ideologies
- Linguistic validation of the transgender experiences
- Transgender-inclusive language
- Linguistic manifestations of transphobia
- Linguistic articulations of the trangender communities
Ansara, Y. G., Hegarty, P., 2013, "Misgendering in English Language Contexts: Applying Non-cisgenderist Methods to Feminist Research”, International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 7(2), 160-177.
Boroditsky, L., Schmidt, L., Phillips, W., 2003, "Sex, Syntax, and Semantics”, in Gentner, D. Goldin-Meadow, S., Language in Mind: Advances in the Study of Language and Thought, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 61-80.
Bucholtz, M., Hall, K., 2006, "Gender, Sexuality, and Language”, in Brown K. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, Vol. 4, Oxford, Elsevier, 756-758.
Cameron, D., 2010, "Sex/Gender Language and the New Biologism”, Applied Linguistics, 31(2), 173-192.
Cameron, D., Lulick, D. (Eds.), 2006: The Language and Sexuality Reader, London and New York, Routledge.
Costas, C., Kantsa V. and Yannakopoulos K., 2010, Language and Sexuality (Through and) Beyond Genders,Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Eckert, P., McConnell-Ginet, S., 2003, Language and Gender, New York, Cambridge University Press.
Edelman, E., Zimman, L., 2014, "Boycunts and bonus holes: Discourses about transmasculine bodies and the sexual productivity of genitals”, Journal of Homosexuality 61(5), 673-690. Special issue on Trans Sexualities, edited by Carla A. Pfeffer.
Everett, C., 2011, "Gender, Pronouns and Thought”, Gender and Language 5(1), 133-152.
Everett, C., 2008, "Evidence for Language-mediated Thought in the Perception of Non-gendered Figures”, Texas Linguistic Forum 52, 24-33.
Prewitt-Freilino, J. L., Caswell, T. A., and Laakso, E. K., 2012, "The Gendering of Language: A Comparison of Gender Equality in Countries with Gendered, Natural Gender, and Genderless Languages.”, Sex Roles, 66, 268-281.
Zimman, L., 2014, "The discursive construction of sex: Remaking and reclaiming the gendered body in talk about genitals among trans men”. In Lal Zimman, Joshua Raclaw, and Jenny Davis (Eds.), Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 13-34.
Zimman, L., 2013, "Hegemonic masculinity and the variability of gay-sounding speech: The perceived sexuality of transgender men”, Journal of Language & Sexuality 2(1), 5-43.
Zimman, L., 2010, "Female-to-male transsexuals and gay-sounding voices: A pilot study”. Colorado Research in Linguistics 22(1). http://www.colorado.edu/ling/CRIL/Volume22_Issue1/.
Zimman, L., 2009, "’The other kind of coming out’: Transgender people and the coming out narrative genre”, Gender & Language 3(1), 53-80.
Zimman, L., Davis, J., Raclaw J (Eds.), 2014, Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Abstracts to the editors: 31 March 2015
Preliminary paper to the editors: 30 June 2015
Revised (peer-reviewed) paper to the editors: 30 September 2015
Final version from the editors to the publisher: 31 December 2015
Papers will be sent out to two referees for blind reviews.
Manuscript length. The complete issue manuscript should have a maximum of 475,000 characters (including empty spaces).
Book reviews on related topics are welcome.
There is usually a one year lag from the time the complete issue has been approved by Mouton.
Please send a 300-word abstract by 31 March 2015 to the Italian editor: