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12. Language, Sexuality and Place: The View from Cyberspace

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1. Title Title of document 12. Language, Sexuality and Place: The View from Cyberspace - Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Brian King; City University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong
3. Subject Discipline(s) linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) gender and language; sexuality and language; queer theory; heteronormativity; linguistic analysis; computer-mediated; discourse; performative; place; queer; sexuality
5. Subject Subject classification gender and language
6. Description Abstract This study attempts to use space/place as a tool in discourse analysis, focusing on the immediate surroundings of interaction. It investigates the ongoing performance of sexualised place (and place-based sexuality) through the use of language in online chat-rooms. The central questions focus on how the shared imaginary of a room helps to shape the performances of genders and sexualities unfolding ‘there’ and how the gendered and sexualised discourses sexualise the room. Guided by the triangle of space model (Gotved, 2002, 2006), attention is paid to the chat rooms’ user interface, the spatial metaphor of the ‘room,’ and to participant interaction as part of the three dimensions of online spatiality. Analysis focuses on data taken from a corpus of computer-mediated chat-room interaction. These are queer places for performances (in this case) of non-heterosexual, masculine identities and desires, which are marginalized in our heteronormative society. Gotved’s model of online spatiality allows linguistic analysis to demonstrate that social understandings of space and place interact with individuals and communities on a mutually reformulating path.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Feb-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30451
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd