Lal Zimman (he/him/his) (FAQ)
[lɑɫ ˈzimn̩]

zimman at ucsb dot edu

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Affiliated Faculty in Feminist Studies
South Hall 3518
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Selected publications
Work in progress
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). Changes in fundamental frequency among transgender speakers on testosterone.
  • Kara Becker, Sameer ud Dowla Khan & Zimman, Lal (in progress). Theorizing gender beyond the binary.
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). Creak, sex, and the gendered iconization of pitch.
  • Zimman, Lal (in progress). The larynx. For Mary Bucholtz & Kira Hall (eds.), Parsing the Body.
Book
  Peer-reviewed journal articles & book chapters

Essays, proceedings, and other non-peer-reviewed publications


Presentations
* = invited
Email me for PDFs of slides for talks below.

2019

  • * "From discourse to voices and back again: Gender, embodiment, and a discursive theory of the voice." Department of Linguistics, Stanford University. January 29.
  • * "'This mother may not have accepted their child is queer...': The expanding scope of singular they." Department of Linguistics, Stanford University. January 28.
  • * "Sociolinguistic justice and transgender lives" [annual colloquium]. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan. January 18.
  • "Listening to trans voices (part 2 of 2): Envisioning a trans linguistics." 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. New York City. January 5.
  • "Listening to trans+ voices (part 1 of 2): Trans-inclusive theory and practice for research on sex, gender, and the voice." 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. New York City. January 4.

2018

  • * "Gender, pitch, and voice quality through the lens of transgender speakers." Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody 4, October 13.
  • * "Towards a trans linguistics: Rethinking language, gender, and sexuality." CSLS Lecture Series on Language and Sexuality, Universität Bern (Switzerland). October 2.
  • * "The politics of transgender language reform." Humanities Decanted Series, IHC. UC Santa Barbara. May 29.
  • * "Voicing (trans)gender identity: Rethinking the relationship between gendered identities, bodies, and the voice" [plenary]. UC Davis Symposium on Language Research. May 25.
  • * "(Trans)Gender(ed) pasts, presents, and futures: Three decades of research on language and trans experience." Keynote speaker, Lavender Languages & Linguistics 25, Rhode Island College. April 20.
  • * "Voicing (trans)gender identity: Rethinking the relationship between gendered identities, bodies, and the voice." Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley. February 15.

2017

  • * Round table participant, "Ten Years of Coalition in Sociocultural Linguistics: Contemporary and Future Directions" (organized by Joshua Raclaw). 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association. Washington, D.C. December 2.
  • * Discussant, "Digital Sexualities: Negotiating, Constructing, and Selling (A)sexualities Online" (organized by Anna Bax). 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association. Washington, D.C. December 1.
  • "Sex, gender, normativity, and attention to speech: Intra-speaker gendered phonetic variation among transgender speakers." New Ways of Analyzing Variation 46. University of Wisconsin, Madison. November 5.
  • * "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.
  • * "An interview with CeCe McDonald and Jac Gares" [interviewer]. Trans Media Series, Carsey Wolf Center. UC Santa Barbara. May 10.
  • * "Language matters: Language & identity as everyday politics". 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, "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". 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". Colloquium, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, April 14.
  • * "Transgender linguistic practices: Voices, genders, and identities". 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.

Selected workshops

  • 2019: "Advancing LGBTQ+ issues in linguistics and beyond: Outreach and advocacy." With Tyler Kibbey. Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, UC Davis. July 10.
  • 2019: "Trans-inclusive language reform and changing interactional norms." Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization. May 17.
  • 2019: "Queer voices: A linguistic workshop." Pride Week, UC Santa Barbara. April 10.
  • 2018: "Trans-inclusive language." Increasing Diversity in the Linguistic Sciences through Research on Language and Social Mobility, an NSF funded partnership between HBCUs and the UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Linguistics. June 26.
  • 2017: Workshop series (3 workshops), "'Don’t Gender Me': Strategies for Gender-Inclusive Language Instruction in a Gender-Diverse Campus Community." With Angineh Djavadghazaryans & C. Dolan, UC Santa Barbara. May.
  • 2017: "Language activism, political correctness, and social justice." San Rafael Hall, UC Santa Barbara. May 4.
  • 2016: "Language issues in trans communities" [workshop for students]. Rainbow House Dormitory, UC Santa Barbara. May 12.
  • 2015: Co-presenter, "Teaching trans: Identities, rights, visibility, action" [workshop for faculty & staff]. With Rachel Gloger and Emmie Matsuno. Organized by the Resource Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, UC Santa Barbara. August 31.