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Language Attitudes and Usage in Gay Men's Network
Event Type:Lecture
Location:Centennial Hall, Room 1303
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Mahruq Khan
Organization/Department:University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
'We Are Family': Language Attitudes and Usage in Gay Men's Created Kinship Networks

Prof. Stephen L. Mann, English Department

Sociolinguistic studies of kinship networks consistently highlight the positive effect of strong kinship ties on attitudes toward and adherence to community language norms. These studies, however, fail to account for non-family of origin (i.e., created) kinship relationships common in many LGBTQ communities of practice. In this presentation, I address this gap in the literature by considering the effect of different types of kinship ties on gay men's attitudes toward/use of gay male varieties of American English.

Sponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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