| Lal Zimman
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
|Welcome to my website! I am a Visiting
Assistant Professor in the Department
of Linguistics at Reed
College. I also recently became General Editor of
Oxford University Press' Studies
in Language and Gender Series, following series
founder Mary Bucholtz's tenure in that role. I received my
PhD in Linguistics at the University
of Colorado, Boulder in 2012, where I was affiliated
with the programs in Culture,
and Social Practice (CLASP) and Women's
and Gender Studies.
My research pursuits are situated in the interdisciplinary
field of sociocultural
linguistics and deal broadly with the relationship
between language, gender, and embodiment – broadly construed
– in transgender and LGBQ communities (see my
research page for more). My dissertation research
consisted of a two year ethnographic and sociophonetic study
of the changes that take place in the voices of transgender
men and others on the female-to-male identity spectrum as
they begin masculinizing hormone therapy (i.e.
testosterone). As a complement to its sociophonetic
component, the study also integrates analysis of
metalinguistic discourse and language ideologies, as well as
meta-analysis of extant research on trans voices, to situate
speakers' vocal changes in both local and broader
socio-political contexts. Currently I am working to expand
this research to consider issues like the perception of
gender based on the voice, stylistic variability in the
gendered voice, and the sociophonetic intersections of
gender, race, and other social positionalities.
Download my full CV as a PDF (last
updated October, 2013).
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Frequently Asked Questio basns
about my name:
How do you pronounce Lal?
Phonemically, my pronunciation of Lal is just like it's
spelled: /lal/, though other [+back] [+low] vowels are
also fine to my ear. No front vowels, please. In less
technical terms, it shouldn't rhyme with Hal or pal - it
should sound more like Paul or fall.
Is that short for anything?
Nope, that's it.
So what kind of name is Lal?
It comes from Sanskrit and can be glossed as 'to play / to
caress'. It also means 'red' in Hindi, though the latter
meaning is not what my parents – hippies, if there was any
doubt – had in mind when naming me. Other, perhaps better
known, Lals include the second Prime Minister to India, Lal
Bahadur, Data's android daughter in a
memorable episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation,
What about your last name?
Much less interesting, but sometimes exotified in
pronunciation (presumably because of my first name). It's
actually just like Zimmerman, but without the 'er'.