Toronto Workshop on Phonetics, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

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In recent years a new field of research has emerged within linguistics, examining the role of sexual orientation and gender identity in speech. This has produced a spate of recent research activity on the factors that are perceived to be correlated with gay- and lesbian-sounding speech.

The workshop is being held in honour of Prof. Henry Rogers on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto. The talks will include a critical summary of the work that has been done to date, and, more importantly, it will set the agenda for the kinds of research that will move the field ahead over the next decade.

The specific goal of the workshop is to stimulate discussion and research on acoustic and articulatory characteristics of male vs. female speakers in general, compared with individuals whose speech is perceived to be gay- or lesbian-sounding. The invited speakers and discussants have been chosen so as to represent a wide range of research traditions and theoretical stances, including queer/gender theory, dialect acquisition, sociophonetic variation by gender, and the acoustic markers of gender and sexual orientation.

The workshop consists of six invited formal talks, each with two invited discussants, followed by a general discussion. Other participants may register as observers and participate in the general discussion at the end of each talk.

Hank Rogers

November 18-19, 2005.


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