Advances in Swearing Research

New languages and new contexts

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| Södertörn University
| Ulster University
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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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Table of Contents
Introduction: Swearing research as variations on a theme
Kristy Beers Fägersten and Karyn Stapleton
1–16
Chapter 1. Swearing in Danish children’s television series
Marianne Rathje
17–42
Chapter 2. Swearing and instant messaging: Changing norms of social interaction in the Hong Kong workplace context
Bernie Chun Nam Mak and Erika Darics
43–64
Chapter 3. FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The standardisation of fuck in Swedish media
Kristy Beers Fägersten
65–86
Chapter 4. Fuck in French: Evidence of “other-language” swearing in France and Québec
Alexandra Jaffe
87–106
Chapter 5. The borrowability of English swearwords: An exploration of Belgian Dutch and Netherlandic Dutch tweets
Eline Zenner, Tom Ruette and Emma Devriendt
107–136
Chapter 6. Gender and age differences in swearing: A corpus study of Twitter
Michael Gauthier and Adrien Guille
137–157
Chapter 7. Swearing in English and Spanish teenage talk
Anna-Brita Stenström
158–182
Chapter 8. Swearing in Italian: A redefinition of the notions of dysphemism and euphemism
Matteo Di Cristofaro and Tony McEnery
183–212
Chapter 9. Swearing in Persian: A new perspective on swearing as a speech act
Tomoko Shimoyama, Fereidoon Shadpayam and Mary Parhizgari
213–230
Chapter 10. Swearing in Finnish: Folk definitions and perceptions
Minna Hjort
231–256
Chapter 11. Epilogue
Jean-Marc Dewaele
257–262
Index
263
“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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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017027497