Robin Queen's chapter, "Gender, Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Identities" has just appeared in the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Language Variation and Change (Wiley-Blackwell). 


The ubiquity of gender in publications about language variation is tied to its status as a particularly salient, meaningful and cross-culturally relevant social category.  In this chapter, I review some of the broader trends in scholarship that focuses on the connection of language variation and gender and pay particular attention to scholarship that explores these issues as connected to sexuality and sexual identities. Throughout, I often use “gender” as an umbrella term for “sex, gender, sexuality and sexual identity.”