Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality - Tommaso M. Milani

Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality - Tommaso M. Milani

4. Incomprehensible Language? Language, Ethnicity and Heterosexual Masculinity in a Swedish School

Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality - Tommaso M. Milani

Tommaso M. Milani [+-]
University of Gothenburg
Professor of Multilingualism
Rickard Jonsson [+-]
Rickard Jonsson is a researcher in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University.

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This chapter investigate the ways in which a group of those ‘multi-ethnic young lads’ whose linguistic practices have been singled out as incomprehensible, sexist and homophobic in the Swedish media actually use language in a school in a suburb of Stockholm. Essentially, the argument is that the linguistic repertoire of the participants in our study indeed encompasses, though is not reducible to, ethnic, sexist and homophobic insults and jokes. However, such language use is by no means incomprehensible, but conveys specific social meanings and serves particular interactional purposes.

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Milani, Tommaso; Jonsson, Rickard. 4. Incomprehensible Language? Language, Ethnicity and Heterosexual Masculinity in a Swedish School. Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 61-86 Feb 2018. ISBN 9781781794944. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30443. Date accessed: 23 May 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30443. Feb 2018

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