Why We Curse

A neuro-psycho-social theory of speech

| Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Massachusetts
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ISBN 9789027221865 (Eur) | EUR 39.00
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Psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, linguists and speech pathologists currently have no coherent theory to explain why we curse and why we choose the words we do when we curse. The Neuro-Psycho-Social Theory of Speech draws together information about cursing from different disciplines and unites them to explain and describe the psychological, neurological, cultural and linguistic factors that underlie this startling phenomenon.
Why We Curse is divided into five parts. Part 1 introduces the dimensions and scope of cursing and outlines the NPS Theory, while Part 2 covers neurological variables and offers evidence for right brain dominance during emotional speech events. Part 3 then focuses on psychological development including language acquisition, personality development, cognition and so forth, while Part 4 covers the wide variety of social and cultural forces that define curse words and restrict their usage. Finally, Part 5 concludes by examining the social and legal implications of cursing, treating misconceptions about cursing, and setting the agenda for future research.
The work draws on new research by Dr. Jay and others and continues the research reported in his groundbreaking 1992 volume Cursing in America. A psycholinguistic study of dirty language in the courts, in the movies, in the schoolyards and on the streets.
[Not in series, 91]  2000.  xv, 328 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
I. Introduction to the Study of Cursing
1. Tourette Syndrome and Coprolalia: The Need for a Theory
3
2. Psycholinguistics and Cursing
9
3. The Neuro-Psycho-Social (NPS) Theory of Cursing
19
4. Postulates of the NPS Theory
25
II. Neurological Factors Underlying Cursing
5. Propositional Speech, Nonpropositional Speech, and the Right Cerebral Hemisphere
33
6. Emotional Speech and the Emotional Brain
45
7. Anger and Verbal Aggression
55
8. Coprolalia and Mental Disorders
63
9. Neurological Control of Cursing
73
III. Psychological Factors Underlying Cursing
10. Psychological Aspects of Cursing
81
11. Language, Acquisition and Cognitive Growth
91
12. Memory and Awareness of Cursing
99
13. Personality, Religiosity, and Sexual Anxiety
107
14. Speech Habits and Social Learning
115
15. The Sexual Lexicon
123
16. Syntax and Sematics
135
IV. Social and Cultural Factors Underlying Cursing
17. Pragmatics and Cultural Contexts
147
18. Speaker Power
157
19. Gender Identity
165
20. Slang
173
21. Humor Elicitation
181
22. Religion, Taboo Speech, and Word Magic
189
23. Scatology and the Language of Disgust
199
24. Customary Restrictions: From Etiquette to Law
205
25. Evolving Language Standards
215
26. Tourette Syndrome: Cross-Cultural Comparisons
235
V. Why Do We Swear? Why Do We Choose the Words We Do?
27. Social and Legal Issues Involving Cursing
247
28. Ignorance, Misinformation, and Fallacies about Cursing
254
29. Future of Cursing Research
269
Bibliography
277
Index
319
“[...] a book which will do much to inspire further investigations into emotional uses and effects of language [...]”
“[...] this is an excellent contribution to the study of offensive language, bringing together a variety of perspectives and a vast amount of research.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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