Lisp: Social Indexing and Identity

Lisp: Social Indexing and Identity

A sharper, more “sibilant” production of “s”  has become associated with the speech of gay men. The lack of distinction between disorder vs. difference has lead many to associate any type of “s” variation in a male speaker with assumptions of that speaker’s sexuality. However, real lisps, as functional speech disorders, have no correlation with sexual orientation.