Word norms and measures of linguistic reclamation for LGBTQ+ slurs

Edmondson, DJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9570-0699 2022, 'Word norms and measures of linguistic reclamation for LGBTQ+ slurs' , Pragmatics & Cognition, 28 (1) , pp. 193-221.

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While databases of taboo language word norms exist, none focus specifically on slurs as a category of taboo language. Furthermore, no existing databases include measures of linguistic reclamation, a phenomenon which may specifically affect the processing of slurs. I produced a database in which 155 native or near-native speakers of British English rated 41 LGBTQ+ slurs for a number of word properties and measures of linguistic reclamation. I then ran correlation and demographic group comparison analyses on the resulting database. I found a clear correlation pattern between properties and reclamation behaviours. I also found that there were age-related differences in age of acquisition and familiarity ratings; that gender identity and sexual identity differences were affected by being the target of slurs; and that sexual identity particularly affected differences in reclamation ratings.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Pragmatics & Cognition
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISSN: 0929-0907
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Depositing User: DJ Edmondson
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2021 08:25
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 09:47
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62380

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