Queen’s Speech and the Playful Plundering of Women’s Language



This chapter explores the continuities between the o-ne-kotobn spoken by àcmshÖ ofShÖwa and the gay men and other sexual minorities of Heisei. In chapter 3, we discovered how ácmshÖeir genderand sexual identity as well as social and gender role through their linguistic practice, something I will elaborate on at the close of this chapter. In chapter 4, we examined the aestheticized queen’s speech of playwrights and one of its significant historical antecedents. Now we shall turn to actual o-ne-kotobct- (queen’s speech) as spoken and written in the twenty-first century. My conclusions are based on the claims and arguments that my gay consultants and friends have pro vided me over the last seven years.


Sexual Minority Linguistic Feature Linguistic Resource Linguistic Practice Speech Style 
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