Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 10:36:35 -0500 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: Gay "accent"? a few sources on gay language: there's a study on "gay accent" in the spring 1994 issue of _american speech_. its bibliography contains a few more things. it's by rudolf gaudio. greg ward of northwestern univ. compiles a bibliography on queer language. it's available at: or by e-mailing him at gw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] also, if you're working on the reclamation of "queer" etc., might i shamelessly plug my own work? i've a paper called "the elusive bisexual: psycho-social constraints on lexical semantic change." (actually, i may have the subtitle wrong.) to appear in kira hall and anna livia (eds.) _queerly phrased_, oxford u.p., sept. 96, but i'd happily send off a pre-publication copy to you. it looks at (among other things) how the meaning of queer has developed in the time since it has been reclaimed, and how perceptions of what it means differ from its use. i've never heard that "gay accent" was related to san francisco accent. (i've never even heard of a san francisco accent.) usually, gay speech styles are attributed to effeminacy, affectedness, drama. good luck, lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA