Variation, implied pathology, social meaning, and the 'gay lisp': A response to Van Borsel et al. (2009)

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    Abstract

    This brief communication is a response to the article "The prevalence of lisping in gay men" (Van Borsel, J., De Bruyn, E., Lefebvre, E., Sokoloff, A., De Ley, S., & Baudonck, N. 2009. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42, 100-106). I argue aspects of that study's design, measurement, and interpretation limit the strength of its authors' conclusions that there is a higher incidence of lisping in gay men than in heterosexual men. Suggestions for further research are presented.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-5
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
    Volume43
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

    Keywords

    • Gay men
    • Lisping
    • Phonetics
    • Sexual orientation
    • Sociolinguistics

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