Investigating language attitudes among Singaporean gay men towards gay language
Chua, Alfred Ming Feng
Date of Issue2016-03-08
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This research project explores perceptions and attitudes that Singaporean gay men have towards gay language spoken within the gay community. It hypothesises that there is a stigmatised variety of gay English language spoken in Singapore. This project examines language attitudes towards masculine-sounding and feminine-sounding speech patterns using the matched-guise technique. A total of 30 participants had taken part in the first part of the research study, in which they had to listen to two separate guises - one sounding more masculine, and another, more feminine - and rating these speakers on a series of personality traits. The second part of the research study involved three of the 30 participants for a follow-up interview, where questions were asked that explored personal language attitudes towards gay language in Singapore. The results from the research study has shown that the feminine-sounding speech pattern to be slightly more stigmatised than the masculine-sounding guise. The feminine-sounding speech pattern rated higher for traits of solidarity, but the masculine-sounding counterpart ranked higher in status traits. The follow-up interview also revealed that this stigma might be the result of societal stereotypes within the gay community towards gay men that behave in a more effeminate manner.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University