As Queer as a Nine Bob Note
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Kelly, Rory Donald
Language is about communication, and part of that communication is presenting an identity to one’s interlocutor through one’s use of language. Due to the sociocultural implications of their identity, queer speakers must take extra considerations when deciding what parts of themselves to present to their interlocutors. In this study, I analyse the data collected with the use of a survey, filled in by 19 participants, all of whom identify as ‘queer’ in some manner. This survey posited eleven hypothetical interlocutors to the participants and asked them describe how being in conversation with this interlocutor would cause them to alter their speech. The aim of this study is to analyse how queer speakers alter the identity that they present through their speech when conversing with interlocutors with different relationships to both the queer community and the speakers themselves.
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