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Word norms and measures of linguistic reclamation for LGBTQ+ slurs

Edmondson, Daniel 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
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/pc.00023.edm
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/6584

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