© 2010

Queer Japanese

Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Hideko Abe
    Pages 1-16
  3. Hideko Abe
    Pages 33-51
  4. Hideko Abe
    Pages 135-151
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-199

About this book


Abe presents a comprehensive picture of the linguistic strategies employed by Japanese sexual minorities in various social contexts, from magazine advice columns to bars to text messaging on cell phones to private homes.


gender language linguistics women

About the authors

HIDEKO ABE is Assistant Professor of Japanese in East Asian Studies Department at Colby College, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Queer Japanese is a treasure trove of information about the language practices—and language attitudes—of sexual minority speakers of Japanese, an understudied group of speakers, who are critically important to a realistic understanding of the gendered qualities of Japanese … it is a book to which we will return again and again for its wealth of information and its enticing look at a world of “gendered” Japanese that has yet to be fully explored.” (Janet S. Shibamoto-Smith, The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 72 (2), May, 2013)