Swearing in English: Bad Language, Purity and Power from 1586 to the Present (Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics)

Swearing in English: Bad Language, Purity and Power from 1586 to the Present (Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics)

Tony McEnery


Do males use undesirable language greater than ladies? How do social classification and using undesirable language engage? Do younger audio system use undesirable language extra often than older audio system? utilizing the spoken part of the British nationwide Corpus, Swearing in English explores questions corresponding to those and considers at size the ancient origins of recent attitudes to undesirable language.

Drawing on a number of methodologies together with historic examine and corpus linguistics, and quite a number facts equivalent to corpora, dramatic texts, early smooth newsbooks and tv, Tony McEnery takes a socio-historical method of discourses approximately undesirable language in English. Arguing that purity of speech and tool have end up attached through a sequence of ethical panics approximately undesirable language, the e-book contends that those ethical panics, over the years, have generated the diversities observable in undesirable language utilization in state-of-the-art English.

A interesting, finished perception into an more and more renowned sector, this e-book offers an evidence, and never easily an outline, of ways glossy attitudes to undesirable language have come about.

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