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LINGUIST List 23.4977

Thu Nov 29 2012

Qs: Questionnaire: English Obscene/Offensive Language

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Robert Moncrief <robert.moncriefhelsinki.fi>
Subject: Questionnaire: English Obscene/Offensive Language
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Are you an English Teacher or Student of English?

Please help me complete my PhD thesis on Obscene/Offensive Language in English
by filling out my web survey at: http://tinyurl.com/7k4ouxt

It's easy, quick and no personal information is required. I'm particularly
interested in ''laypeople's'' (i.e. non-linguists) attitudes, so if this does
not apply to you, may I kindly ask that you also ask your fellow
teachers/students of English to complete it!

Thank you!

My PhD research includes a questionnaire regarding attitudes to the use of
swearing and ''bad'' language in English to two control groups: EFL and
English Language teachers and students of English which asks about their
personal beliefs, attitudes and judgments towards the use and perception of
''demotic'' language including:

1. How participants monitor the personal, situational, functional, external
and social aspects of the use of the swearing on an individual level.

2. How does the use of such language reflect the establishment of linguistic,
cultural and social norms in the minds of respondents and if so, how are these
norms reflected?

3. Can specific changes in the use or perception of swearing be tracked and
categorized? Which parameters correlate? (e.g. teachers vs. students. youth
vs. aged, native English speakers vs. non-natives)

4. Do language teachers pass on the personal, cultural, societal norms or
''baggage'' regarding the use of ''non-standard'' English to students?

5. Can the phenomenon of swearing and ''bad'' language be conceptualized? Can
reactions to the socio-cultural environment be monitored and wider conclusions
be drawn?

My study is qualitative and is based on cluster analysis and profiling. Access
to prototypical cases will allow further analysis and more complete
understanding of attitudes towards the use of demotic language and related
attitudes reflected in common beliefs, value judgments and the teaching and
learning of ''bad'' language.

For questions or comments, please reply to robert.moncriefhelsinki.fi

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
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