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In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams

Title In Praise of Profanity
Author Michael Adams
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2016-07-01
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 224
ISBN 0199337608
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When President Obama signed the affordable health care act in 2009, the Vice President was overheard to utter an enthusiastic "This is a big f****** deal!" A town in Massachusetts levies $20 fines on swearing in public. Nothing is as paradoxical as our attitude toward swearing and "bad language": how can we judge profanity so harshly in principle, yet use it so frequently in practice? Though profanity is more acceptable today than ever, it is still labeled as rude, or at best tolerable only under specific circumstances. Cursing, many argue, signals an absence of character, or poor parenting, and is something to avoid at all costs. Yet plenty of us are unconcerned about the dangers of profanity; bad words are commonly used in mainstream music, Academy Award-winning films, books, and newspapers. And of course, regular people use them in conversation every day. In In Praise of Profanity, Michael Adams offers a provocative, unapologetic defense of profanity, arguing that we've oversimplified profanity by labeling it as taboo. Profanity is valuable, even essential, both as a vehicle of communication and an element of style. As much as we may deplore it in some contexts, we should celebrate it in others. Adams skillfully weaves together linguistic and psychological analyses of why we swear-for emotional release, as a way to promote group solidarity, or to create intimate relationships -- with colorful examples of profanity in literature, TV, film, and music, such as The Sopranos, James Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late, or the songs of Nellie McKay. This breezy, jargon-free book will challenge readers to reconsider the way they think about swearing.

In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams

Title In Praise of Profanity
Author Michael Adams
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2016
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 273
ISBN 0199337586
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Dust jacket and spine have special characters substituting for letters in title, "!n [email protected] *f pr#ofanity."

Advances in Swearing Research by Kristy Beers Fägersten

Title Advances in Swearing Research
Author Kristy Beers Fägersten
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Release 2017-10-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 274
ISBN 9027265003
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Any behavior that arouses, as swearing does, controversy, disagreement, disdain, shock, and indignation as often as it imbues passion, sincerity, intimacy, solidarity, and jocularity should be an obvious target of in-depth scholarship. Rigorous, scholarly investigation of the practice of swearing acknowledges its social and cultural significance, and allows us to discover and better understand the historical, psychological, sociological, and linguistic aspects (among others) of swearwords and swearword usage. The present volume brings together a range of themes and issues central to the existing knowledge of swearing and considers these in two key ‘new’ arenas, that is, in languages other than English, and/or in contexts and media other than spoken interaction. Many of the chapters analysed are based on large and robust collections of data, such as corpora or questionnaire responses, which allow for patterns of swearing to emerge. In other chapters, personally observed instances of swearing comprise the focus, allowing for a close analysis of the relationship between sociolinguistic context and pragmatic function. In each chapter, the cultural aspects of swearing are considered, ultimately affirming the importance of the study of swearing, and further establishing the legitimacy of swearing as a target of research.

Swearing and Cursing by Nico Nassenstein

Title Swearing and Cursing
Author Nico Nassenstein
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release 2020-04-20
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 344
ISBN 1501511203
Language English, Spanish, and French
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While most of the more recent influential work on swearing has concentrated on English and other languages from the Global North, looking at forms and functions of swear words, this contribution redirects the necessary focus onto a sociolinguistics of swearing that puts transgressive practices in non-Western languages into the focus. The transdisciplinary volume contains innovative case studies that address swearing and cursing in parts of the world characterized by consequences of colonialism and increasingly debated inequalities. Turning away from more conventional and established methodologies and theoretical approaches, the book envisages to address transgressive linguistic practices, performances and contexts in Africa, Asia, America and Europe –including individuals' creativity, subversive power and agency. Due to its interdisciplinary and non-mainstream focus, this volume is an essential addition to the field of studies.

Handbook of Pragmatics by Frank Brisard

Title Handbook of Pragmatics
Author Frank Brisard
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Release 2022-11-15
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9027254931
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This encyclopaedia of one of the major fields of language studies is a continuously updated source of state-of-the-art information for anyone interested in language use. The IPrA Handbook of Pragmatics provides easy access – for scholars with widely divergent backgrounds but with convergent interests in the use and functioning of language – to the different topics, traditions and methods which together make up the field of pragmatics, broadly conceived as the cognitive, social and cultural study of language and communication, i.e. the science of language use. The Handbook of Pragmatics is a unique reference work for researchers, which has been expanded and updated continuously with annual installments since 1995. Also available as Online Resource: https://benjamins.com/online/hop

Questions About Language by Laurie Bauer

Title Questions About Language
Author Laurie Bauer
Publisher Routledge
Release 2020-05-19
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 186
ISBN 1000043371
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Questions About Language sets out to answer, in a readable yet insightful format, a series of vital questions about language, some of which language specialists are regularly asked, and some of which are so surprising that only the specialists think about them. In this handy guide, sixteen language experts answer challenging questions about language, from What makes a language a language? to Do people swear because they don’t know enough words? Illustrating the complexity of human language, and the way in which we use it, the twelve chapters each end with a section on further reading for anyone interested in following up on the topic. Covering core questions about language, this is essential reading for both students new to language and linguistics and the interested general reader.

Title Mastering the Art of Public Speaking
Author Michael J. Gelb
Publisher New World Library
Release 2020-09-08
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 232
ISBN 1608686280
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Seventy-four percent of Americans suffer from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. In fact, even top professional speakers and accomplished actors experience butterflies before presenting. They never eliminate the butterflies; they just teach them how to fly in formation. How? Michael Gelb’s techniques will help you clarify and shape your message so that your audience — no matter how big or small, in person or virtual — will care about it. Once the message is clear, he teaches you how to convey it in memorable, creative, and effective ways. Gelb shows that public speaking is a skill anyone can learn and enjoy. Mastering the Art of Public Speaking will guide you to rediscover your natural gift for communication while strengthening confidence and presence.

Logics of War by Therese Feiler

Title Logics of War
Author Therese Feiler
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Release 2019-12-12
Category Religion
Total Pages 264
ISBN 056767830X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The modern ethics of war is a field of disparate, competing voices based on often unexplored theological and metaphysical assumptions. Therese Feiler approaches them from the borderline area between systematics, philosophical theology and religious studies. With reference to G. W. F. Hegel's and like-minded thinkers' 'theo–logic' that negotiates Christ's mediation and immanent dialectics, Feiler identifies the logic and problem of mediation as the core concern of political ethics. Feiler unites five representative authors from now disparate strands of contemporary just war ethics, testing whether they offer a meaningful possibility of mediation and subsequent reconciliation: a sovereign realist and a cosmopolitan idealist; a rationalist individualist, an idealist Christian ethicist, and finally, an evangelical theologian. Opening the just war debate for comparative critical engagement, Feiler creates a fascinating study that locates a “dynamic point” at which faithful, free political action can be wrestled from irony, tragedy, and melancholic inertia in the face of totalitarian suffocation.

Evangelicals and Empire by Bruce Ellis Benson

Title Evangelicals and Empire
Author Bruce Ellis Benson
Publisher Brazos Press
Release 2008-10-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 336
ISBN 1441201890
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This groundbreaking collection considers empire from a global perspective, exploring the role of evangelicals in political, social, and economic engagement at a time when empire is alternately denounced and embraced. It brings noted thinkers from a range of evangelical perspectives together to engage the most explosive and discussed theorists of empire in the first decade of the twenty-first century--Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Using their work as a springboard, the contributors grapple with the concept of empire and how evangelicalism should operate in the world of empire.

Catalogue 1807 1871 by Boston Mass, Athenaeum, libr

Title Catalogue 1807 1871
Author Boston Mass, Athenaeum, libr
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Release 1880
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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