Working paper title
Creating Identity with Stereotypical Gendered Language
This study is concerned with how Transgender individuals may use the stereotypical “male” and “female” speech patterns in English. Someone who is born Transgender may be socialised as their biological sex and may therefore learn “gendered” language which corresponds to their sex but not their desired gender. This study poses the question: When Transgender individuals begin identifying as their desired gender, would they adopt new “gendered” speech patterns to assist in building their identity and influence how they are perceived by others, and if so, is this a conscious or unconscious phenomenon?