Chapter 25. Globalization and Gay Language

  1. Nikolas Coupland
  1. William L. Leap

Published Online: 7 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch25

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

The Handbook of Language and Globalization

How to Cite

Leap, W. L. (2010) Globalization and Gay Language, in The Handbook of Language and Globalization (ed N. Coupland), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324068.ch25

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 6 AUG 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175814

Online ISBN: 9781444324068



  • globalization and gay language;
  • linguistic practices, people giving voice to same-sex desires and identities - supported, enhanced, and/or silenced;
  • displays, as territorializations of global assemblages;
  • cosmopolitan references and tacit subjects;
  • gay language, closely connected to North Atlantic urban settings;
  • distance surfacing in politics of sexual sameness - in Hong Kong and Taiwan, as gay/lesbian-centered identity categories;
  • HIV/AIDS outreach program - opening a ‘gay community center’;
  • globalization, sexual sameness and question of national language;
  • gay language, global finance, cosmopolitan reference and masculine privilege


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cosmopolitan References and Tacit Subjects

  • Globalization, Sexual Sameness, and the Question of National Language

  • Conclusions: Gay Language, Global Finance, Cosmopolitan Reference, and Masculine Privilege

  • References