Cursing in America

A psycholinguistic study of dirty language in the courts, in the movies, in the schoolyards and on the streets

| Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Massachusetts
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This is the first serious and extensive examination of American cursing from a psycholinguistic-contextual point of view. Several field studies and numerous laboratory-based experiments focus on the relationship between cursing and language acquisitions, anger expresssion, gender stereotypes, semantics, and offensiveness. Censorship, language content of motion pictures, First-Amendment fighting words, sexual harassment, obscene phone calls, and cursing at public schools are analyzed and related to sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic data. Many tables of word-by-word data provide empirical evidence of frequency of occurrence, degree of offensiveness, gender of speaker and age of speaker influences on obscene language usage in America. A "must" for language reference collections.
[Not in series, 57]  1992.  viii, 272 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. What are Dirty Words?
1–15
2. When Children Use Dirty Words
17–71
3. Anger and Dirty Words
73–109
4. The Frequency of Dirty Word Usage
111–157
5. The Offensiveness of Words: Sex and Semantics
159–194
6. Free Speech and Censorship
195–234
7. Unfinished Business and Future Research with Dirty Words
235–244
Bibliography
245–272
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