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Chapter 11: On the German Language of Civility/Vulgarity: Evidence from Bonn
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On the German Language of Civility/Vulgarity: Evidence from Bonn*
This paper complements and extends research collected in 1999 (“On the German Language of Civility/ Vulgarity: Evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area”, IJGLSA 5:175-198). For the Bay Area German Linguistic Fieldwork Project (BAG) the Bonn data provide a contrastive data cohort in evidence of civil or vulgar German. Data were elicited in 2000 in Bonn with the identical four-part questionnaire used for the Bay Area German corpus. Informant reaction was sought: in Part I to a set of 10 rage scenarios; in Part II to a checklist of appropriate places and listeners for 5 selected vulgar/civil expressions; in Part III to one given rage scenario with the request to rank suggested expletives by degree of vulgarity/civility plus the option of ad-libbed expletives. Part IV sought the German equivalent for a set of 7 English expletives and their ranking on a scale of vulgarity. Evidence is adduced toward an answer to the question whether the Bonn or the Bay Area informants are better (i.e., more vulgar) at cursing.1,2