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Forbidden Words Taboo and the Censoring of Language

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Genere:Libro
Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 10/2006





Trama

Many words and expressions are viewed as 'taboo', such as those used to describe sex, our bodies and their functions, and those used to insult other people. This 2006 book provides a fascinating insight into taboo language and its role in everyday life. It looks at the ways we use language to be polite or impolite, politically correct or offensive, depending on whether we are 'sweet-talking', 'straight-talking' or being deliberately rude. Using a range of colourful examples, it shows how we use language playfully and figuratively in order to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct, and what our motivations are for doing so. It goes on to examine the differences between institutionalized censorship and the ways individuals censor their own language. Lively and revealing, Forbidden Words will fascinate anyone who is interested in how and why we use and avoid taboos in daily conversation.




Sommario

List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1. Taboos and their origins; 2. Sweet talking and offensive language; 3. Bad language? Jargon, slang, swearing and insult; 4. The language of political correctness; 5. Linguistic purism and verbal hygiene; 6. Taboo, naming and addressing; 7. Sex and bodily effluvia; 8. Food and smell; 9. Disease, death and killing; 10. Taboo, censoring and the human brain; Notes; References; Index.




Prefazione

A fascinating insight into taboo language and its role in everyday life, showing how we use language in order to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct. This lively and revealing 2006 book will fascinate anyone interested in how and why we use and avoid taboos in daily conversation.




Autore

Keith Allan is Reader in Linguistics and Convenor of the Linguistics Program at Monash University.
Kate Burridge is Chair of Linguistics at Monash University.







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Altre Informazioni

ISBN:

9780521819602

Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 23 x 155 mm Ø 636 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Pagine Arabe: 316






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