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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 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; authentic and normative identity construction in transgender YouTube video diaries. I am currently working on analyses emerging from my ethnography with a transgender youth group, and am planning a large-scale research project exploring intersectionality and identity construction in a range of LGBT youth group contexts.

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 Follow me on Twitter @jones_lucy.

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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 hosted this at Nottingham in April 2017. I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Language and Sexuality (since 2013), and the journal Gender and Language (since 2017), and serve on 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 the School of English Lead for the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team.

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.

Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham

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