Taboo terms and their grammar

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    Taboo terms are used for far more than verbal abuse and linguistic mayhem. They may serve to strengthen questions and negative statements, they express high degree, and add negative connotations to otherwise neutral words. They may appear as negative polarity items, but also as positive polarity items. The variety of ways in which they may be employed is quite remarkable, and deserves to be studied from a cross-linguistic perspective. This chapter presents an overview of the main uses of taboo terms and the syntactic constructions they give rise to, and illustrates with material taken largely from English and Dutch, but in addition German, Estonian, Polish, and modern Hebrew.

    Originele taal-2English
    TitelThe Oxford Handbook of Taboo Words and Language
    RedacteurenKeith Allan
    Plaats van productieOxford
    UitgeverijOxford University Press
    Aantal pagina's20
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-0-19-880819-0
    StatusPublished - nov.-2018

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