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Author Jay, Timothy.

Title Cursing in America : a psycholinguistic study of dirty language in the courts, in the movies, in the schoolyards, and on the streets / by Timothy Jay.

Publication Info. Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Company, 1992.


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Description 1 online resource (273 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-272) and index.
Summary Who uses dirty words? And when? How is the bad language we use reflected in the movies, in the courts, and elsewhere? With Cursing in America, psychologist Timothy Jay presents the first serious and extensive examination of American profanity from a psycholinguistic-contextual point of view. An amazing amount of factual data gathered through several field studies and numerous laboratory-based experiments reveals the relationship between cursing and language acquisition, anger expression, gender stereotypes and offensiveness. Sexual harassment, censorship, language content of film, obscene phone calls and cursing at public schools are some of the topics which are analyzed and related to the data. Word-by-word tables demonstrate the influence that factors such as frequency of occurrence, degree of offensiveness, and gender and age of the speaker have on obscene language usage in America today.
Contents Ch. 1. What are "Dirty" Words? -- Ch. 2. When Children Use Dirty Words -- Ch. 3. Anger and Dirty Words -- Ch. 4. The Fluency of Dirty Word Usage -- Ch. 5. The Offensiveness of Words: Sex and Semantics -- Ch. 6. Free Speech and Censorship -- Ch. 7. Unfinished Business and Future Research with Dirty Words -- Ch. 8. Bibliography.
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Subject English language -- United States -- Obscene words -- Psychological aspects.
Blessing and cursing -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Obscene words -- Psychological aspects.
English language -- United States -- Obscene words.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Psycholinguistics.
Americanisms. (OCoLC)fst00807480
Blessing and cursing -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst00834278
English language -- Obscene words. (OCoLC)fst00911410
English language -- Obscene words -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst00911411
Words, Obscene -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst01180185
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Psychologische aspecten.
Other Form: Print version: Jay, Timothy. Cursing in America. Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 1992 155619451X (DLC) 92006300 (OCoLC)25412405
ISBN 9789027274052 (electronic bk.)
9027274053 (electronic bk.)
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