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Forbidden words : taboo and the censoring of language, Keith Allan and Kate Burridge

Label
Forbidden words : taboo and the censoring of language
Title
Forbidden words
Title remainder
taboo and the censoring of language
Statement of responsibility
Keith Allan and Kate Burridge
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 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."--Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
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Allan, Keith
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Burridge, Kate
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  • Taboo, Linguistic
  • Censorship
  • Politeness (Linguistics)
  • Jargon (Terminology)
  • Swearing
  • Euphemism
  • Political correctness
Label
Forbidden words : taboo and the censoring of language, Keith Allan and Kate Burridge
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-292) and index
Contents
Taboos and their origins -- Sweet talking and offensive language -- Bad language? : jargon, slang, swearing, and insult -- The language of political correctness -- Linguistic purism and verbal hygiene -- Taboo, naming and addressing -- Sex and bodily effluvia -- Food and smell -- Disease, death and killing -- Taboo, censoring and the human brain
Control code
ocm64065804
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 p.
Isbn
9780521525640
Lccn
2006003312
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Forbidden words : taboo and the censoring of language, Keith Allan and Kate Burridge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-292) and index
Contents
Taboos and their origins -- Sweet talking and offensive language -- Bad language? : jargon, slang, swearing, and insult -- The language of political correctness -- Linguistic purism and verbal hygiene -- Taboo, naming and addressing -- Sex and bodily effluvia -- Food and smell -- Disease, death and killing -- Taboo, censoring and the human brain
Control code
ocm64065804
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 303 p.
Isbn
9780521525640
Lccn
2006003312
Other physical details
ill.

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