Dr. Stephen L. Mann, English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's 2011-2012 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "'Perfect example of a country queen': Gay American English in the American South." Dr. Mann's presentation will focus on the relationship between "sounding gay" and "sounding southern." Findings suggest that listeners who perceive a gay male speaker to be southern may find it more difficult to correctly identify his sexual orientation. However, this difficulty does not lead to a complete incompatibility between sounding southern and sounding gay, a statement which Dr. Mann will support and explain by focusing on two gay male speakers, both consistently perceived as southern, but only one consistently identified as gay. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.