Volume 10, Issue 1
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In this short essay, I offer some reflections on language and sexuality work over the past decade. My discussion is focused on the increasing influence of queer theory, in particular, and I comment on trends in research into language and queer identities. I take into account not only the work published in the and beyond, but also that presented over the past decade at the annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference.


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