Stilisierungen, Identitäten, mediale Ressourcen
Edited By Helga Kotthoff and Christine Mertzlufft
Swearing in the speech of young girls, middle-aged women and elderly ladies
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Swearing in the speech of adolescent girls, middle-aged women and elderly ladies
Young people are often accused of swearing all the time and thereby causing the language to deteriorate. This opinion can be found in debates in the Danish newspapers and other places where the adult generation is judging the language of the young generation as “bad language”. I have studied cross-generational variation of swearing in a corpus of 24 Danish conversations. The interlocutors were young girls aged 16 to 18 years, middle-aged women aged 37 to 46 years, and elderly ladies aged 68 to 78 years. Half of the dialogues were intra-generational, and the other half was inter-generational.
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