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The Journal of Language & Sexuality

On behalf of William Leap (American University), Co-editor, Journal of Language and Sexuality:

The Journal of Language and Sexuality ( is now in its fifth year of publication. JL&S explores the discursive formations of sexuality, including (but not limited to) sexual desire, sexual identities, sexual politics, and sexuality in diaspora. JL&S addresses linguistic work in the widest possible sense, e.g. sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, phonology, pragmatics, semantics, discourse analysis, applied linguistics, and any other mode of language-centered inquiry interrogating discourses of sexuality and their linguistic and social consequences. On a theoretical level, JL&S is indebted to Queer Linguistics as its major influence.

Issue 4.1 of JL&S will soon be in print. We are assembling papers for issues 4.2 and 5.1 and starting to plan issues for future volumes. If your research engages some area of language and sexuality studies, Heiko Motschenbacher (the JL&Sco-editor) and I would be pleased to discuss publishing some segment of your work in our journal. We invite you to email or to begin that discussion.

You can find more information about JL&S at You can also find us on Facebook at and “like” our page to get updates about Issue 4.1 and other upcoming issues!