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Marginally speaking

Journal article
Authors Tommaso M. Milani
Published in Multilingual Margins
Volume 1
Issue 1
Pages 9-20
ISSN 2221-4216
Publication year 2014
Published at
Pages 9-20
Language en
Subject categories Media and Communications, General Language Studies and Linguistics


This article engages with the semantic ambiguity of the notion of the ‘margins’, together with its heuristic potential. It begins by discussing how the margins can be strategically employed as unsettling vantage points through which to re-read existing sociolinguistic research on ‘non-normative’ linguistic practices in Sweden. Moreover, on the basis of data on same-sex desire in South Africa, the article shows how adopting a perspective ‘from the margins’ runs on a razor-thin edge between reason and irrationality, intelligibility and absurdity, shedding light on the limits of sociolinguistics and (critical) discourse analysis.

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