Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language

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Cambridge University Press, 2006. okt. 5.
Many words and expressions are viewed as 'taboo', such as those used to describe sex, our bodies and their functions, and those used to insult other people. This 2006 book provides a fascinating insight into taboo language and its role in everyday life. It looks at the ways we use language to be polite or impolite, politically correct or offensive, depending on whether we are 'sweet-talking', 'straight-talking' or being deliberately rude. Using a range of colourful examples, it shows how we use language playfully and figuratively in order to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct, and what our motivations are for doing so. It goes on to examine the differences between institutionalized censorship and the ways individuals censor their own language. Lively and revealing, Forbidden Words will fascinate anyone who is interested in how and why we use and avoid taboos in daily conversation.

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This book manages to make the technicalities of language both interesting and accessible to those not trained in linguistics (like me). I quote it in daily conversation not infrequently. Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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1 Taboos and their origins
1
2 Sweet talking and offensive language
29
3 Bad language? Jargon slang swearing and insult
55
4 The language of political correctness
90
Figure 41 Darkie Toothpaste becomes Darlie Toothpaste
103
5 Linguistic purism and verbal hygiene
112
6 Taboo naming and addressing
125
7 Sex and bodily effluvia
144
8 Food and smell
175
9 Disease death and killing
203
Figure 91 Squatters dispersing Australian Aborigines late nineteenth
231
10 Taboo censoring and the human brain
237

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15. oldal - And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him : as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.
23. oldal - Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
18. oldal - And yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image ; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.
17. oldal - I deny not, but that it is of greatest concernment in the Church and Commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how books demean themselves as well as men; and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors.
152. oldal - If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
134. oldal - Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue, most mighty emperor of Lilliput, delight and terror of the universe, whose dominions extend five thousand blustrugs (about twelve miles in circumference) to the extremities of the globe ; monarch of all monarchs, taller than the sons of men ; whose feet press down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the sun...
17. oldal - For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are ; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively and as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon's teeth : and being sown up and down may chance to spring up armed men.
164. oldal - And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood; and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.

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Keith Allan is Reader in Linguistics and Convenor of the Linguistics Program at Monash University.

Kate Burridge is Chair of Linguistics at Monash University.

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