Language and Desire: Encoding Sex, Romance, and Intimacy

Language and Desire: Encoding Sex, Romance, and Intimacy

Language and Desire: Encoding Sex, Romance, and Intimacy

Language and Desire: Encoding Sex, Romance, and Intimacy


Exploring the language we use to talk about and express romantic and sexual desire, the contributors use a variety of approaches to analyse the patterns of this discourse and to examine the attitudes and assumptions embodied in the English language.


Joanna Channell has been researching, teaching and writing about English language and applied linguistics since 1978. Recent applied work has included research on questionnaire design for Government surveys, and analysis of the language of National Vocational Qualifications. Her published work includes EFL materials, articles on language teaching and descriptive linguistics, Vague Language (1994) and editorial contributions to the 1995 Collins COBUILD English Dictionary.

Alice Deignan is a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Collins COBUILD Guides to English: 7: Metaphor (1995). Her research interests include metaphor and pragmatics.

Keith Harvey is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of East Anglia. He has worked in ELT as a teacher and teacher trainer in France and Hong Kong and as a lexicographer for Collins COBUILD. He has published articles in translation studies, lexicography and language learning and also written and presented three series of programmes on language-related issues for BBC English, World Service radio.

Michael Hoey is Baines Professor of English Language and Director of the Applied English Language Studies Unit at the University of Liverpool. His major publications are Signalling in Discourse (1979), On the Surface of Discourse (1983/91), Patterns of Lexis in Text (1991), which was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union Prize for the best book on Applied Linguistics in 1991, and the edited collection, Data Description Discourse (1993).

Murray Knowles lectures in Applied English Linguistics at the Centre for English Language Studies, School of English, University of Birmingham. His research interests include language and ideology, and language and literature. His previous publications include co-authorship of Language and Control in Children’s Literature (1996).

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