GAYLE: THE LANGUAGE OF KINKS AND QUEENS
A History and Dictionary of Gay Language in South Africa
Ken Cage in collaboration with Moyra Evans
210 x 148 mm,116 pages
The Lavender Languages of gay communities around the world are an accepted phenomenon in linguistic studies, but the emphasis in research to date has been on American GaySpeak and British Polari, with little, if any, research being conducted into other gay ‘languages’ from other cultures, which exist around the world.
This book is a fascinating analysis and historical overview of the birth and evolution of the gay language, ‘Gayle’, in South Africa. It highlights the linguistic apartheid from 1948 - 1994, which gave rise to two distinct gay 'languages' - one amongst Indo-European speakers (Gayle), and the other amongst Niger-Congo Kordofanian Bantu speakers (Isingqumo).
The focus of this book is on the English/Afrikaans register and examines the origins and features of the anti-language, including lexical items, feminisation, heterophobia, homophobia and reginisation in what was originally referred to as “Moffietaal”, but has subsequently evolved into “Gayle”. This book includes not only a dictionary of the words used in Gayle, but also an historical record of the language, its development, its form and its various functions, none of which has been documented before and little of which has previously been made public.
Ken Cage currently works at Massey University in New Zealand and lives in Auckland. He completed an MA degree in Applied Linguistics at the Rand Afrikaans University, where he did his dissertation on the form and function of gay men's speech patterns in South Africa.
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