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Let’s Talk About - (Texts About) Sex

Sexualität und Sprache- Sex and Language


Edited By Marietta Calderón and Georg Marko

Die Beiträge dieses Buches untersuchen eine breite Palette von Fragestellungen zur sprachlichen Repräsentation von Sexualität – vom sexuellen Gehalt von Toilettengraffiti bis zum erotischen Subtext des altindischen Rig-Veda. Dabei werden unterschiedliche linguistische Methoden von der Diskursanalyse bis zur historischen Syntax angewandt. Die verwendeten Daten stammen aus verschiedenen Sprachen, darunter Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Russisch, Spanisch, Latein und Vedisch.
The contributions to this book explore a wide range of questions concerning representations of sexuality in language – from the sexual content of toilet graffiti to the erotic subtext of the ancient Indian Rig Veda. They apply a variety of linguistic methods from discourse analysis to historical Syntax. Data from German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin and Vedic are used.


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Georg Marko: Let’s talk about (texts about) sex. Introduction


Georg Marko Let’s talk about (texts about) sex.1 Introduction2 Let’s talk about sex, baby, Let’s talk about you and me, Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be, Let’s talk about sex The chorus of Salt‘n’Pepa’s 1991 hit “Let’s talk about sex” addresses the major theme of this book and its contributions, possibly less analytically and less systematically, but more concisely, more intuitively, and certainly more rhythmically. Even though there might be a biological foundation of sexuality, how we behave and interact sexually is also – or perhaps even primarily – a cultural phenomenon, being informed by socially shared systems of beliefs and attitudes. Sharing, negotiating and disseminating these systems – all this happens in language, hence the pivotal role of talking (and writing)3 about sex. In the humanities and the social sciences, social(ly shared) meanings (structuring our conceptions of phenomena such as sexuality) are our 1 The title is based on a suggestion by Martin Stegu. 2 The two editors approach the task of editing very differently. In order to present a coherent volume, we of course made compromises in our work. But by writing two separate introductions, which are structurally similar (following MC’s model) but different in content, style and language, we wanted to demonstrate how we are different. But readers need not worry: even if you read just one of the introductions, you should be equally well prepared for the contributions in this volume. 3 We will not limit ourselves to...

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