LINGUIST List 28.3483

Tue Aug 22 2017

Sum: Courses on Swearing and Taboo Language

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 18-Aug-2017
From: Laura McGarrity <>
Subject: Courses on Swearing and Taboo Language
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In LL issue 28.3311 I posted a query asking for information about courses being taught on swearing or other types of taboo language.

I received six responses. A summary, including name/institution (dept)/course or topic, as given by the respondents is listed below:

Betty Birner, Northern Illinois University (English), Topics in Linguistics: Forbidden language

Israel Cohen, Florida, Anthropomorphic maps and Phono-semantic matching in idiom formation

Randall Eggert, University of Utah (Linguistics), Bad words and Taboo terms

Benjamin Bergen, UC San Diego (Cognitive Science), What the *#!?: An uncensored introduction to language

Elizabeth Peterson, University of Helsinki (Modern Languages), Bad English

Penelope O’Connor, Augustana College (Communication studies), Currently untitled course on swearing for a Liberal Arts First Year Inquiry sequence

I want to thank those who responded for their willingness to share their ideas and materials with me.

Laura McGarrity
Department of Linguistics
University of Washington

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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