Advances in Swearing Research

New languages and new contexts

Kristy Beers Fägersten | Södertörn University
Karyn Stapleton | Ulster University
ISBN 9789027256874 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265005 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Any behavior that arouses, as swearing does, controversy, disagreement, disdain, shock, and indignation as often as it imbues passion, sincerity, intimacy, solidarity, and jocularity should be an obvious target of in-depth scholarship. Rigorous, scholarly investigation of the practice of swearing acknowledges its social and cultural significance, and allows us to discover and better understand the historical, psychological, sociological, and linguistic aspects (among others) of swearwords and swearword usage. The present volume brings together a range of themes and issues central to the existing knowledge of swearing and considers these in two key ‘new’ arenas, that is, in languages other than English, and/or in contexts and media other than spoken interaction. Many of the chapters analysed are based on large and robust collections of data, such as corpora or questionnaire responses, which allow for patterns of swearing to emerge. In other chapters, personally observed instances of swearing comprise the focus, allowing for a close analysis of the relationship between sociolinguistic context and pragmatic function. In each chapter, the cultural aspects of swearing are considered, ultimately affirming the importance of the study of swearing, and further establishing the legitimacy of swearing as a target of research.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 282] 2017.  vi, 266 pp.
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“The outstanding asset of this collection is its focus on how taboo words are used – that is, their functions – rather than how taboo words are grammatically structured. The attention to new approaches and contexts is another major advantage here. The editors’ well-written introduction outlines the content of the book and sets the research in historical context. The well-summarised and light-hearted epilogue by Jean-Marc Dewaele concludes the work. Reading these opening and closing essays will persuade most scholars to turn to what lies between them.”
“The volume raises intriguing questions and offers substantiated answers based on empirical evidence, while at the same time covering a wide variety of aspects of this sociolinguistic phenomenon.”
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Debray, Carolin
2023. Swearing, identity and power in professional interaction. Journal of Pragmatics 215  pp. 145 ff. DOI logo
Drummond, Rob
2020. Teenage swearing in the UK. English World-Wide. A Journal of Varieties of English 41:1  pp. 59 ff. DOI logo
Fägersten, Kristy Beers & Monika Bednarek
2022. The evolution of swearing in television catchphrases. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 31:2  pp. 196 ff. DOI logo
Mackenzie, J. Lachlan
2019. Chapter 3. The syntax of an emotional expletive in English. In Emotion in Discourse [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 302],  pp. 55 ff. DOI logo
Osborne, Dana
2020. Maledictive Language: Cursing and Swearing. In The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Pelttari, Sanna
2022. Emotional self-disclosure and stance-taking within affective narratives on YouTube. International Journal of Language and Culture 9:2  pp. 292 ff. DOI logo
Pietilä, Penni, Liisa Tainio, Sirpa Lappalainen & Elina Lahelma
2021. Swearing as a method of antipedagogy in workshops of rap lyrics for ‘failing boys’ in vocational education. Gender and Education 33:4  pp. 420 ff. DOI logo
Shakiba, Nooshin & Karyn Stapleton
2022. Persian immigrants’ language choice for swearing: the effects of socio-biographical variables and personality traits. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Xavier, Catarina
2022. On norms and taboo. Target. International Journal of Translation Studies 34:1  pp. 67 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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