Sociolinguistics of Swearing: A corpus-based investigation of male and female use of damn, darn, hell and heck in soap operas compared to real life
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This essay will investigate male and female usage of four swear words: hell, heck, damn and darn. A minor part of the essay focuses on comparing real life speech (by using the Longman Corpus of Spoken American English) with scripted language in soap operas (the SOAP corpus). The main part of the essay focuses on a detailed investigation of the four swear words in the SOAP corpus to see how they are used considering gender.
Preliminary hypotheses were both correct and incorrect. Even though it was true that women use the milder forms of swearing in the company of men, men however use the harsher forms in the company of women. Moreover, heck seems to be a very neutral swear word used by men and women equally. Hell was most frequently used by men, and darn was very frequent among women. Overall, there was very little female to female swearing, and the category with the highest instances of usage of three of the four swear words was in fact male to female.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , ca 27 p.
Damn, darn, heck, hell, soap operas, sociolinguistics, swearing
Languages and Literature
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-24093DiVA: diva2:603428
Subject / course
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits