Speech play, gender play, and the verbal artistry of queer argots

Translated title of the contribution: Speech play, gender play, and the verbal artistry of queer argots

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Abstract

This paper presents a comparative study of argots (or secret varieties) used in communities marked by non–normative gender or sexuality. A comparison of nine argots based in different languages suggests that the development of each of these argots involves large amounts of speech play. A variety of patterns of speech play are analyzed, including cross–language play, play languages, morphological restructuring and innovation, and lexical substitutions within the local language. The importance of speech play in these communities is illustrated with the genre of mock translations in which familiar texts (such as Shakespeare or the Bible) are reproduced using argot. The results suggest that speech play and verbal artistry are important and understudied elements of queer cultures.

Translated title of the contributionSpeech play, gender play, and the verbal artistry of queer argots
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-242
Number of pages28
JournalSuvremena Lingvistika
Volume44
Issue number86
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • Argot
  • Gender
  • Queer culture
  • Sexuality
  • Speech play
  • Verbal art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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