Loose Lips and Silver Tongues, or, Projecting Sexual Orientation Through Speech

  title={Loose Lips and Silver Tongues, or, Projecting Sexual Orientation Through Speech},
  author={Benjamin Munson and Molly Babel},
  journal={Language and Linguistics Compass},
The notion that an individual’s sexual orientation can be ascertained through distinctive speech patterns abounds in popular culture. This article reviews the small but growing body of literature examining whether sexual orientation is conveyed and perceived through speech. These studies show some individuals speak in a way that conveys their sexual orientation to naïve listeners. Contrary to many popular-culture stereotypes, the phonetic parameters that convey gay, lesbian, or bisexual… CONTINUE READING
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