Cursing in America: A Psycholinguistic Study of Dirty Language in the Courts, in the Movies, in the Schoolyards, and on the Streets

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John Benjamins Publishing, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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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.

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Chapter 1 What Are Dirty Words?
Chapter 2 When Children Use Dirty Words
Chapter 3 Anger and Dirty Words
Chapter 4 The Frequency of Dirty Word Usage
Sex and Semantics
Chapter 6 Free Speech and Censorship
Chapter 7 Unfinished Business and Future Research with Dirty Words
Chapter 8 Bibliography
Index of Topics

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