Investigating Linguistic Expression and Sexual Identity in Carol (2015)


ผศ.ดร.จเร สิงหโกวินท์, น.ส.ฐิติพร ด้วงทอง


The Proceedings of the 7th ICADA 2018


This study was intended to (1) investigate linguistic features indexing sexual identities of speakers as lesbians and (2) study forms and functions of these linguistic features found in the American movie, Carol (2015). Following a textual analytical framework of data analysis, this research offered an investigation into how language practices denote sexual identities of the speakers. Using the notion of women’s language propounded by Lakoff (1973), as well as the works of Cameron and Kulick (2003) and Wood (1999) as analytical models, this study focused its examination on how the screenplay of Carol (2015) established the relationship between language and gender/sexual identities. Findings showed that both female and male characters occasionally use women’s language contradictory to the common assumption that lesbians and non-heterosexual identified people adopt language codes of their opposite gender. Also, other elements such as age, social status, and social norms might have influenced the individuals’ gender-variable language styles.

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