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This chapter concludes the books’ discussion, arguing that—as a primary point, Language Before Stonewall shows multiple ways to confirm the presence of a language of queerness before Stonewall, whose presence cannot be fully contained within “the right way to tell the story” about the Stonewall moment. Disrupting the privileged narrative and the Stonewall excesses that this narrative promotes is one of the tasks that queer historical linguistics must address, as QHL works to describe the details of linguistic practice before.
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