Lal Zimman (FAQ)
[lɑɫ ˈzimn̩]
zimman@linguistics.ucsb.edu
Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics
South Hall 3518
University of California, Santa Barbara


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Publications
Work in progress
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). "Transgender language." For Rusty Barrett and Kira Hall (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook in Language and Sexuality.
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). "Transgender voices." For Language and Linguistics Compass.
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). The larynx. For Mary Bucholtz & Kira Hall (eds.), Parsing the Body.
Book
Selected journal articles & book chapters

Abstracts, book reviews, bibliographies, and other publications

Popular linguistics & other non-technical publications

  • Zimman, Lal (2015). Facebook, the gender binary, and third-person pronouns. In Alice Northover (Ed.), The OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book. New York: Oxford University Press. 137-142.
  • Zimman, Lal (2014). Gender and the voice. In Laura Erickson-Schroth (Ed.), Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource Guide for the Transgender Community. New York: Oxford University Press. 127.

Presentations
Planned upcoming conferences:

  • 2017: NWAV, "Gender normativity and attention to speech"
  • 2017: AAA, Roundtable on sociocultural linguistics + panel discussant
  • 2018: "Gender, pitch, and voice quality through the lens of transgender speakers." Invited speaker for Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody.
Conference presentations (PDF of slides/handouts available via email for most talks):

2017

  • "Grammatical and social gender." Part of a series of workshops organized by Lal Zimman, Christine Dolan, and Angineh Djavadghazarayans, "'Don't gender me!': Strategies for Gender-Inclusive Language Teaching in a Gender-Diverse Campus Community." May 24.
  • "Language matters: Language & identity as everyday politics" [invited]. For "Identity Politics in Democracy." Day of Democratic Education, UC Santa Barbara Associated Faculty. UC Santa Barbara. January 18.
  • "Operationalizing stance: Affective stance in a pervasively creaky transgender speaker." 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA. January 7.
  • "Creaky voice beyond binary gender." With Sameer ud Dowla Khan & Kara Becker. Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society. January 6.

2016

  • Panel member [invited], "Professional Divides, IV: Journalists and Anthropologists in Conversation about Language, Gender, and Representation." 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, MN. November 19.
  • "Engendering the sexed voice: The somatechnics of trans vocal productions." 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Minneapolis, MN. November 19.
  • "From flesh to self: On the transgender nexus of language, embodiment, and identity. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, the Ohio State University. October 26.
  • "Language and embodiment: What can linguistics do for trans studies?" Trans* Studies Conference. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. September 10.
  • "Language and agency in a trans(itional) moment: The politics of linguistic choice in transgender communities." 9th Meeting of the International Gender and Language Association. City University of Hong Kong, China. May 19.
  • "The language of trans inclusion: A conversation about linguistic strategies for higher education and beyond." Linguistics Colloquium, UC Santa Barbara. April 23.
  • "Acoustic correlates of perceived creaky voice in a controlled sample of American English" [poster]. With Sameer ud Dowla Khan and Kara Becker. 90th Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Washington, DC, January 9.

2015

  • "Gender politics & linguistic activism in English-speaking trans communities" [invited]. Trans (Re)presentations. Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). November 27.
  • Discussant, "Constructing and Constraining: Considerations of Agency in Language, Gender, and Sexuality Research" (organized by Shawn Warner-Garcia and Chris VanderStouwe). 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association. Denver, CO. November 21.
  • "Trans masculine linguistic styles and the gendered embodiment of neoliberal selfhood." With Elijah Edelman. 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Denver, CO. November 19.
  • "The acoustics of perceived creaky voice in American English." With Sameer ud Dowla Khan & Kara Becker. 170th Meeting of the American Acoustical Society of America. November 3.
  • "Creaky voice in a diverse gender sample: Challenging ideologies about sex, gender, and creak in American English." With Kara Becker & Sameer ud Dowla Khan. NWAV 44, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). October 25.
  • "Creak as disengagement: Gender, affect, and the iconization of voice quality." NWAV 44, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). October 25.2014 "The larynx." 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC. October 25.

2014

  • "The larynx." 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC. December 4.
  • "Agency and the gendered voice among female-to-male transgender speakers." 8th Meeting of the International Gender and Language Association, Vancouver, Canada. June 6.
  • "Trans-versing the linguistic divide: Voices, genders, and trans identities" [invited]. Colloquium, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, April 14.
  • "Transgender linguistic practices: Voices, genders, and identities" [invited]. Gender Consortium Speaker Series, Reed College, March 8.

2013

  • "Contextual variation in gendered style among trans men." New Ways of Analyzing Variation 42, University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), October 20.
  • "Publicly trans and trans publics: Visibility and trans masculinities." To be presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL. November 21.
  • "Agency and sociophonetic variation in the metalinguistic commentary of trans men. Lavender Languages and Linguistics XX. American University (Washington, DC). February 16.
  • "Perceived gender in context: Gendered style among transgender speakers." To be presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Boston, MA, January 5.

2012

  • "Stylistic context and perceptions of the gendered voice: Transgender speakers engaged in phonetic bricolage." To be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, November 17.
  • "Transmasculinity and phonetic bricolage." Lavender Languages and Linguistics XIX. American University (Washington, DC). February 12.
  • "The social basis of gendered phonetic styles: Changes in transmasculine voices." 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, OR, January 6.

2011

  • "Voicing gender normativity: Clashes and alignments between speech therapists and transgender speakers." 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montréal, Canada, November 20.
  • "Performing the gendered voice: Variability in the realization of /s/ among transmasculine speakers." New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40, Georgetown University (Washington, DC), October 29.
  • "The social basis of gendered [s]: Evidence from transmasculine speakers." 3rd Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP). University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), October 8.
  • "Trans men and gay-sounding voices: Insights on gender and sexuality." Socio Rap Speaker Series, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University, April 21.
  • "Explaining gay-sounding voices: Trends, insights, and future directions." Colloquium, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder. March 16.
  • "On the diversity of gay-sounding speech: Investigating individual speaker styles in language and sexuality." Annual Meeting of the American Dialect Society. Pittsburgh, January 8.

2010

  • "The discursive construction of sex: Remaking and reclaiming the body in talk about genitals among trans men." 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. New Orleans, LA, November 18.
  • "Language socialization as a life-long process: Gender change across the individual lifespan." Wyoming Language, Culture and History Conference. University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY), July 2.
  • "Gendered language socialization and the voices of transsexual men." Lavender Languages XVII. American University (Washington, DC), April 17. 
  • "Biology, socialization, and identity: Accounting for the voices of female-to-male transsexuals." 84th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Baltimore, MD, January 8.

2009

  • "Perceived sexual orientation and gender normativity: What do gay men, nerds, and female-to-male transsexuals have in common?" New Ways of Analyzing Variation 38. University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada), October 24.
  • "Identity, socialization, and gay-sounding voices." 2nd Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP). University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), October 4.
  • "One of these things is not like the others: Why power matters for the study of gay-sounding voices." 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. San Francisco, CA, January 9.

2008

  • "Talking like a man: Discourses of language and masculinity among transgender men." 107th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA, November 20.
  • "'She's just a high-maintenance bitch': Interpersonal drama & discourse continuity in reality television." Arizona Linguistics and Anthropology Symposium. University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), May 10.
  • "Contesting gender, (re)constructing sex: Semantic variation in transgender communities." Lavender Languages and Linguistics XV. American University (Washington, DC), February 17.

2007

  • "Institutionally coerced narratives and power in transgender research." 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, DC, November 29.
  • "Revisiting the closet: Transgender narratives of identity, coming out, and disclosure." 1st Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice. University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), October 6.
  • "Coming out as transgender: Another look at the coming out narrative genre." Colloquium, Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado, March 7.
  • "Who's coming out and whose coming out? Transgender people and the coming out paradigm." Lavender Languages and Linguistics XIV. American University (Washington, DC), February 10.

2006

  • "Cultural, biological, or personal?: A new semantics of gender in transgender speech." SquibFest, Linguistics Graduate Students Association, San Francisco State University. May 19.
  • "Gendered language in a female-to-male transgender community of practice." Lavender Languages and Linguistics XIII. American University (Washington, DC), February 12.