By Paul Baker

Queer linguistics has only in the near past built as a space of research; despite the fact that educational curiosity during this box is quickly expanding. regardless of its starting to be allure, many books on ‘gay language’ specialize in inner most dialog and small groups. As such, Public Discourses of homosexual Men represents an incredible corrective, via investigating a variety of resources within the public area. A wide diversity of fabric, together with tabloid newspaper articles, political debates on gay legislations and erotic narratives are utilized in order to examine the language surrounding homosexuality. Bringing jointly queer linguistics and corpus linguistics the textual content examine how homosexual male identities are built within the public domain.

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Collocations are not the same thing as discourses, but they can act as useful indicators of what discourses might be. It is also possible to create collocational networks, in the form of diagrams which show multiple links between sets of collocates in a text. For example, McEnery (2005), in his analysis of seventeenth-century British texts produced by the Society For the Reformation of Manners, showed how a network of collocates created associations between concepts such as lewdness, drunkenness, swearing, vice, blasphemy and profaneness.

One loose criterion that I held was that the public texts should be from reasonably mainstream sources. g. the gay sado-masochist community). In addition, the texts I have chosen have assumed that a gay or homosexual subject exists (and acknowledge this as such) and are therefore biased from a western (specifically British or American) perspective. In other cultures homosexuality may be constructed differently (or not at all), so those discourses will be correspondingly diverse. And in order to remove the possibility of the passage of time being a significant factor in the production of discourses, I have tried to sample my data from the period 1998–2003 where possible (although in the chapter on personal adverts I do consider time as a main factor in the development of discourses and in the chapter on erotic discourses approximately 30 per cent of the data was from 1991–8).

Prior awareness or intuition about what is possible in language should help to make us aware of such absences, and often comparison with a larger normative corpus will reveal what they are. Hunston (2002: 22–3) also warns that corpus analysis cannot tell us if something is possible, only that something is frequent. A fourth problem is the existence of numerous processes, statistical measures and tools which can be applied to text, suggesting that there is no single set way to approach analysis.

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