LGBT linguistics

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LGBT linguistics is the study of language as used by members of LGBT communities. Related or synonymous terms include lavender linguistics, advanced by William Leap in the 1990s, which "encompass[es] a wide range of everyday language practices" in LGBT communities,[1] and queer linguistics, which refers to the linguistic analysis concerning the effect of heteronormativity on expressing sexual identity through language.[2] The former term derives from the longtime association of the color lavender with LGBT communities.[1] "Language", in this context, may refer to any aspect of spoken or written linguistic practices, including speech patterns and pronunciation, use of certain vocabulary, and, in a few cases, an elaborate alternative lexicon such as Polari.