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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Phonemes Don't Lie 

After this morning's Big Gay Post, more gay science news (hat tip to Cory). Acoustic researchers have found that there does in fact seem to be a 'gay accent,' but contrary to what many would presume, it does not appear to involve a feminization of gay mens' speech or a masculinization of lesbians' speech.

This is really a fascinating idea, not only in light of the other research on the biological (or other) homosexuality. Maybe gaydar is just a heightened ability to pick up on these subtle linguistic shifts ... doesn't make much/any sense, in terms of evolutionary genetics, but it's possible.

Does anyone happen to have full-text access (and can send me a copy), since I also wonder if socio-cultural effects were controlled here.

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