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

By Tony McEnery

Do males use undesirable language greater than girls? How do social category and using undesirable language have interaction? Do younger audio system use undesirable language extra usually than older audio system? utilizing the spoken component of the British nationwide Corpus, Swearing in English explores questions akin to those and considers at size the ancient origins of contemporary attitudes to undesirable language.

Drawing on quite a few methodologies together with ancient learn and corpus linguistics, and various information akin to corpora, dramatic texts, early glossy 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 grow to be hooked up 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 modern day English.

A attention-grabbing, entire perception into an more and more well known sector, this ebook offers an evidence, and never easily an outline, of the way sleek attitudes to undesirable language have come about.

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Textual facts is also drawn from the SRMC, Lampeter A and B to help that declare. the method of convergence defined here's principally absent from Lampeter A and B. whereas the gadgets of offence mentioned within the SRMC are pointed out in Lampeter A and B, they don't converge with each other and different adverse thoughts. this doesn't take place through a means of collocation, and it definitely doesn't ensue via a means of colligation. phrases that are concentration issues for Sea swap: the Society for the Reformation of Manners 159 convergence within the SRMC occasionally lack any collocates in any respect in Lampeter A or B. Profaneness and swearing don't have any collocates in Lampeter A. Swear and offences haven't any collocates in Lampeter B. such a lot markedly drunkenness, a major concentration for convergence within the SRMC, has no collocates in both Lampeter A or B (see desk 6. 10). Swear, which has collocates within the SRMC and Lampeter A simply, is obviously used basically in its felony feel in Lampeter A, in contrast to the SRMC. Offences, which additionally has collocates simply within the SRMC and Lampeter A, has a completely diversified set of collocates in either corpora. Profaneness and swearing have collocates in Lampeter B and the SRMC. No collocates are shared by way of the SRMC and Lampeter B, and the semantic fields we observed converging on profaneness within the SRMC are absent from the collocates of Lampeter B (english, a lot, brief, level, view). besides the fact that, the collocate level is of curiosity in Lampeter B, because it is a linking collocate among profaneness and swearing. certainly, swearing within the SRMC and Lampeter B seems the one be aware the place an identical technique of convergence is at paintings in either corpora, with the collocates cursing and blasphemy being linked to swearing in either. although, the observe degree is a clue as to why this can be the case. the entire examples of the be aware swearing in Lampeter B bar one come from an identical document—a record from 1730. 521 This dossier, coming from overdue within the interval, has arguably already been stricken by the ethical panic discourse of the 1690s. there's text-internal facts for this—the textual content is worried with undesirable language at the level, and as such is a part of a convention of discourses approximately undesirable language at the level, best again to the very roots of the SRM with Collier’s assault at the degree (see pages 85–86). The textual content really identifies itself with Collier’s assault at the level: these performs, (Love for romance, and Tunbridge-Walks, and so on. ) that have been justly uncovered by means of Collier, on the first assault upon the degree, as such a lot scandalous for Swearing, Cursing, Smut, Burlesquing the sacred Scriptures, and all different different types of Profaneness, proceed nonetheless to be acted with an identical Applause as previously. in brief, this article appears to be like to have the same development of convergence to the SRMC texts, as its resource of suggestion is the information encoded within the SRMC texts. For these phrases that have collocates in all 3 corpora (vice, sin), Lampeter A basically differs in its styles of collocation from the SRMC—the trend of convergence within the SRMC isn't found in Lampeter A.

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