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Lucy Jones

Assistant Professor in Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts



BA, MA, PhD (Sheffield); PGCHE (Edge Hill); FHEA

I work in the area of language, gender and sexuality, within the broader field of sociolinguistics. My research makes use of queer theory, feminist theory, critical discourse analysis, sociocultural linguistics, ethnography, and queer linguistics. My recent published work includes discourse analysis of: 'butch' identity construction amongst members of a lesbian community of practice; constructions of heteronormative femininity by fans of Fifty Shades of Grey; implicit homophobia in media representations of the same-sex marriage/equal marriage debate in the UK; identity construction and racist discourse in a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth group. My current projects include: an investigation into discourses of normativity and authenticity in transgender YouTube video diaries; a large-scale study (with Sara Mills) of media representations of gender and sexuality; analysis of homonormativity discourses; the construction of identity in a transgender youth group.

For more information about my research, including recent presentations and work in progress, please visit my blog at To download some of my publications, please visit

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Expertise Summary

I was elected to the BAAL Special Interest Group on Language, Gender and Sexuality board in 2013, and the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) committee in 2015. I am on the Organising Committee for the annual conference on Language and Sexuality (Lavender Languages and Linguistics), and am hosting this at Nottingham in April 2017: see for information. I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Language and Sexuality (since 2013), and the Journal of Language and Discrimination (since 2016). With Prof. Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam University), I chair the North and Midlands Gender and Language Reading Group ( I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate modules

Q33103 Sociolinguistics

Q32104 Discourse and Society

Q31103 Language and Context

Postgraduate modules

Q34163 Language and Gender

Selected Publications

I welcome research proposals from prospective postgraduate students with an interest in the relationships between language and identity, both in terms of interaction and representation, and particularly in relation to gender and/or sexuality; discourse analysis, including ethnographic approaches and those making use of CDA; language, feminist and queer linguistics; media discourse.

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