Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language

Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language

by Keith Allan, Kate Burridge
     
 

This 2006 book examines how we use language to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct.See more details below

Overview

This 2006 book examines how we use language to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521819602
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

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.

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