Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-23494
Title: A sociolinguistic analysis of swear word offensiveness
Author(s): Beers Fägersten, Kristy
Other involved persons: Norrick, Neal R.
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2007
OPUS Source: SWPL. - 1. 2007, p. 14-37
SWD key words: Fluch
Free key words: swearing
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: The methodology of the present study, designed for the purpose of collecting quantitative and qualitative data, reflects a sociolinguistic approach to swearing, allowing for an investigation of the relationship between swear word usage and social context. Previous research had established swearing as both a frequently occurring speech behavior within the university speech community and a highly offensive one. The resulting 'swearing paradox'; represents the question of how frequency and offensiveness can be directly related. The results of the present study explicate the swearing paradox by providing evidence of a discrepancy between the type of swearing that is most characteristic of social interaction within the university speech community and the type of swearing which is typically presented in offensiveness ratings tasks.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-11736
Date of registration: 29-Jun-2007
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen
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Saarland Working Papers in Linguistics (SWPL)

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