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Lucy Jones

Associate 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 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 amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, with a focus on intersectionality and homonormativity; authentic and normative identity construction in transgender YouTube video diaries.

For more information about my research, including recent presentations and work in progress, please visit my blog at You can follow me on Twitter @jones_lucy.


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 hosted this at Nottingham in April 2017. I was an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Language and Sexuality from 2013-18, and am currently the journal's Editor for Book Reviews. I serve on the Editorial Board for the journal Gender and Language (since 2017), and the Advisory Board for the Journal of Language and Discrimination (since 2016). I also chair the North and Midlands Language and Gender Reading Group ( I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2012. I am currently the School of English Lead for the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team and the School's Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. I also review Athena SWAN submissions for the national Equality Challenge Unit.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate modules

Language and Feminism

Language in Society

Language and Context

Postgraduate modules

Language, Gender and Sexuality

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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