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Beers Fägersten, KristyORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2277-2282
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Beers Fägersten, K. (2023). Anglicization Of The Languages Of The Nordic Countries: Popular culture and everyday discourse. In: Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten (Ed.), English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities (pp. 65-83). Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anglicization Of The Languages Of The Nordic Countries: Popular culture and everyday discourse
2023 (English)In: English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities / [ed] Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten, Taylor & Francis, 2023, p. 65-83Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores the status of English-language popular culture throughout the Nordic countries with regard to its relation to attitudes toward English and its effect on everyday discourse. The traditions and contemporary developments of English as an academic subject in the Nordic countries reveal an important shift in the symbolic capital of English. While English as a linguistic system and Anglophone literature and culture once symbolized erudition and high intellectual pursuits, the abstract idea and concrete manifestations of English in the Nordic countries are now more likely to invoke Anglophone popular culture and media artifacts. However, the close association between popular culture and the English language has fostered a Nordic-wide relationship to English that deviates from native Anglophone norms, whereby the filtering of English through popular culture encourages the use of English as a language of play and imbues a distance to its affective properties. The chapter presents a pan-Nordic overview of the rise of Anglophone popular culture and the effects of the stronghold that the English language enjoys in the Nordic countries as a result of the wholesale adoption of English-language popular culture. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52921 (URN)10.4324/9781003272687-5 (DOI)2-s2.0-85179199887 (Scopus ID)9781003272687 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-21 Created: 2023-12-21 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Stapleton, K. & Beers Fägersten, K. (2023). Editorial: Swearing and interpersonal pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics, 218, 147-152
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Editorial: Swearing and interpersonal pragmatics
2023 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 218, p. 147-152Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article introduces broad strands of research on swearing as a foundation for an interpersonal pragmatics (IP) approach to the nature and effects of swearing in interaction and relationships. The main tenets of interpersonal pragmatics are presented, and swearing as a distinct research focus within IP is outlined. The article invokes pragmatic perspectives in addressing both negative and positive functions of swearing. The central focus on IP is developed by considering the mutual interplay between language and relationships in swearing activity. With respect to communicative context, it is noted that swearing both emerges within interpersonal relationships, and simultaneously provides a context for different types of interpersonal relationships to unfold (endogenous vs. exogenous IP perspectives). By way of introducing the special issue on swearing and interpersonal pragmatics and the constituent articles, it asserts the need to account for swearing as an interpersonal pragmatic strategy and to analyse the causes and effects of swearing in different contexts. The article concludes with a discussion of future research directions, including, in particular, swearing in mediated settings. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Abuse, Affiliation, Emotion, Offence, Solidarity, Swearing
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52669 (URN)10.1016/j.pragma.2023.10.009 (DOI)001110145200001 ()2-s2.0-85175320283 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-11-10 Created: 2023-11-10 Last updated: 2024-01-03Bibliographically approved
Peterson, E. & Beers Fägersten, K. (2023). English in the Nordic Countries: An introduction. In: Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten (Ed.), English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities (pp. 1-20). Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>English in the Nordic Countries: An introduction
2023 (English)In: English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities / [ed] Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten, Taylor & Francis, 2023, p. 1-20Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter provides an overview of the volume’s background, contents, and structure, explaining the foundational theoretical underpinnings, premises, and organizing principles. In addition to defining and delineating the nation-states encompassed by the term “Nordic countries,” the chapter also explicitly discusses and contextualizes the similarities and the differences between the languages and societies of the Nordic countries. The main focus, however, is on identifying what makes these countries a cohesive and coherent unit of study - in general, but especially with regard to shared social, cultural, and linguistic aspects as unifying themes among the Nordic countries. Importantly, this introductory chapter critically addresses the common narrative of the “rise” or “triumph” of English and the frequent framing of the spread of English in the Nordics as a success story. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Language, Literature
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52913 (URN)10.4324/9781003272687-1 (DOI)2-s2.0-85179200076 (Scopus ID)9781003272687 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-21 Created: 2023-12-21 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Peterson, E. & Beers Fägersten, K. (2023). English in the Nordic Countries: Conclusions. In: Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten (Ed.), English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities (pp. 227-240). Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>English in the Nordic Countries: Conclusions
2023 (English)In: English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities / [ed] Elizabeth Peterson, Kristy Beers Fägersten, Taylor & Francis, 2023, p. 227-240Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The final chapter of the volume draws together the main strings of the preceding chapters into three themes: English in relation to the languages of the Nordic countries; 2) changes in research approaches of language and language use; 3) Nordic exceptionalism; the Nordic countries as a model. In addition to commentary from the volume’s editors, ten eminent scholars of the language situation in the Nordic countries have been consulted to supply their viewpoints. Their response to two questions, one having to do with the history of English studies in the Nordic countries, and the other having to do with the future of English studies, round out the volume by offering a complement to themes raised in the previous eleven chapters.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52918 (URN)10.4324/9781003272687-14 (DOI)2-s2.0-85179195727 (Scopus ID)9781003272687 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-22 Created: 2023-12-22 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Peterson, E. & Beers Fägersten, K. (Eds.). (2023). English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities. Taylor & Francis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>English in the Nordic Countries: Connections, Tensions, and Everyday Realities
2023 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

People in the Nordic states – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland – rank as among the most proficient speakers of English in the world. In this unique volume, international experts explore how this came to be, what English usage and integration looks like in different spheres of society and the economy in these countries, and the implications of this linguistic phenomenon for language attitudes and identity, for the region at large, and for English in Europe and around the world. Led by Elizabeth Peterson and Kristy Beers Fägersten, contributors provide a historical overview to the subject, synthesize the latest research, illustrate the roles of English with original case studies from diverse communities and everyday settings, and offer transnational insights critically and in conversation with the situation in other Nordic states. This comprehensive text is the first book of its kind and will be of interest to advanced students and researchers of World/Global Englishes and English as a lingua franca, language contact and dialect studies/language varieties, language policy, multilingualism, sociolinguistics, and Nordic/Scandinavian and European studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2023. p. 260
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52923 (URN)10.4324/9781003272687 (DOI)9781003272687 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-12-21 Created: 2023-12-21 Last updated: 2023-12-22Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. & Stapleton, K. (2023). Everybody swears on Only Murders in the Building: The interpersonal functions of scripted television swearing. Journal of Pragmatics, 216, 93-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Everybody swears on Only Murders in the Building: The interpersonal functions of scripted television swearing
2023 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 216, p. 93-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swearing fulfils a range of interpersonal pragmatic functions and also acts as a distinguishing feature of speakers and contexts. In broadcast media, swearing has traditionally been censored or at least limited in its deployment; although when used, it serves characterization, interactional, and narrative functions. In this article, we consider the Disney+ television series Only Murders in the Building (OMITB, 2021–), in which swearing is not subject to standard media constraints, due to its provision on a streaming service. Freed from such constraints, OMITB is distinctive in its unusually high frequency and dispersion of swearing across characters and contexts. Compared with both real-life and media-based analyses of language use, the swearing in OMITB reflects neither real-life nor standard broadcast patterns. In this paper, we investigate how swearing is used by the characters, and what it is ‘doing’ in the series. In particular, we highlight the role of swearing in affiliation and relationship-building, both between characters in the story world, and between the series and its viewers. Our analysis contributes to understanding the pragmatic functions of media swearing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Affiliation, Cursing, Media language, Pop culture, Telecinematic dialogue, Televisual narrative
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52324 (URN)10.1016/j.pragma.2023.08.006 (DOI)001069056200001 ()2-s2.0-85168838748 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-09-08 Created: 2023-09-08 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. & Stapleton, K. (2022). Swearing (25ed.). In: Frank Brisard; Sigurd D’hondt; Pedro Gras; Mieke Vandenbroucke (Ed.), Handbook of Pragmatics: 25th Annual Installment (pp. 129-155). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swearing
2022 (English)In: Handbook of Pragmatics: 25th Annual Installment / [ed] Frank Brisard; Sigurd D’hondt; Pedro Gras; Mieke Vandenbroucke, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2022, 25, p. 129-155Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2022 Edition: 25
Series
Handbook of Pragmatics, ISSN 1877-9611
Keywords
swearing, cursing, taboo, pragmatics, discourse
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50509 (URN)10.1075/hop.25.swe1 (DOI)9789027212849 (ISBN)9789027254931 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-01-05 Created: 2023-01-05 Last updated: 2023-09-22Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. & Bednarek, M. (2022). The evolution of swearing in television catchphrases. Language and Literature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The evolution of swearing in television catchphrases
2022 (English)In: Language and Literature, ISSN 0963-9470, E-ISSN 1461-7293Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Catchphrases have long been a hallmark of US-American sit-coms and dramas, as well as reality, game and variety show programming. Because the phenomenon of the television catchphrase developed throughout the era of network, commercial broadcasting under Federal Communications Commission guidelines regulating profanity in network television, catchphrases traditionally have not included swear words. Nevertheless, certain past television catchphrases can be regarded as euphemistic alternatives of swearing expressions (e.g. ‘Kiss my grits!’), while contemporary catchphrases from cable or streaming series do include explicit swearing (e.g. ‘Don’t fuck it up!’). We examine a database of 168 popular catchphrases from a 70-year period of US-American television programming according to categories for bad language and impoliteness formulae. We identify three categories of catchphrases based on structural-functional similarities to swearing expressions, and we trace the distribution of these categories over time and across networks. The data reveal a trend towards explicit swearing in catchphrases over time, not only in series on cable and streaming services, but across networks. We conclude that the expressive nature of catchphrases and their structural-functional properties render the inclusion of swear words both more palatable to a television audience and more compatible with television norms, thus propagating catchphrase swearing on cable and streaming television services, and mitigating the use of swear words on network television. Due to appropriation phenomena, swearing catchphrases may serve to blur the lines between actually swearing and simply invoking a swearing catchphrase, thereby potentially increasing tolerance for swearing both on television and off.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2022
Keywords
Catchphrase, impoliteness, swearing, television
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49107 (URN)10.1177/09639470221090371 (DOI)000797351300001 ()2-s2.0-85130101227 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-06-01 Created: 2022-06-01 Last updated: 2022-06-02Bibliographically approved
Stapleton, K., Beers Fägersten, K., Stephens, R. & Loveday, C. (2022). The power of swearing: What we know and what we don't. Lingua, 277, Article ID 103406.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The power of swearing: What we know and what we don't
2022 (English)In: Lingua, ISSN 0024-3841, E-ISSN 1872-6135, Vol. 277, article id 103406Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swearing produces effects that are not observed with other forms of language use. Thus, swearing is powerful. It generates a range of distinctive outcomes: physiological, cognitive, emotional, pain-relieving, interactional and rhetorical. However, we know that the power of swearing is not intrinsic to the words themselves. Hence, our starting question is: How does swearing get its power? In this Overview Paper, our aim is threefold. (1) We present an interdisciplinary analysis of the power of swearing (‘what we know’), drawing on insights from cognitive studies, pragmatics, communication, neuropsychology, and biophysiology. We identify specific effects of swearing, including, inter alia: emotional force and arousal; increased attention and memory; heightened autonomic activity, such as heart rate and skin conductance; hypoalgesia (pain relief); increased strength and stamina; and a range of distinctive interpersonal, relational and rhetorical outcomes. (2) We explore existing (possible) explanations for the power of swearing, including, in particular, the hypothesis that aversive classical conditioning takes place via childhood punishments for swearing. (3) We identify and explore a series of questions and issues that remain unanswered by current research/theorising (‘what we don't know’), including the lack of direct empirical evidence for aversive classical conditioning; and we offer directions for future research. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2022
Keywords
Cognition, Emotion, Hypoalgesia, Power, Pragmatics, Swearing
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49824 (URN)10.1016/j.lingua.2022.103406 (DOI)000862760300001 ()2-s2.0-85136049350 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2022-09-05 Created: 2022-09-05 Last updated: 2022-10-14Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2021). A woman's place (in the panel): Positioning and framing in comics by Nina Hemmingsson and Lotta Sjöberg. In: Kristy Beers Fägersten; Anna Nordenstam; Leena Romu; Margareta Wallin Wictorin (Ed.), Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives (pp. 40-58). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A woman's place (in the panel): Positioning and framing in comics by Nina Hemmingsson and Lotta Sjöberg
2021 (English)In: Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives / [ed] Kristy Beers Fägersten; Anna Nordenstam; Leena Romu; Margareta Wallin Wictorin, London: Routledge, 2021, p. 40-58Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on a selection of single-panel comics by two Swedish comics artists, seeking to explicate how gender norms are invoked and subverted in depicted talk-in-interaction. Informing the analyses are theories of positioning and framing, which aim to help us make sense of interactions as taking place in different sorts of occasions, how these differences are signalled, and how we behave according to social conventions and moral commitments. The female perspective on these conventions and commitments is expressed in the comics of Hemmingsson and Sjöberg, in which frames and positions are made particularly salient in the single-panel format. Of particular significance is the use of humour to reveal absurdities of gender roles, gender inequality, and sexism. The chapter thus also investigates how linguistic resistance to positioning, framing, and conversational script represents a feminist act of subversion and solidarity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2021
Series
Routledge Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46019 (URN)10.4324/9781003039402-4 (DOI)2-s2.0-85108349192 (Scopus ID)9781003039402 (ISBN)9780367483333 (ISBN)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 24/2017
Available from: 2021-06-30 Created: 2021-06-30 Last updated: 2022-06-15Bibliographically approved
Projects
A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art [24/2017_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Beers Fägersten, K. (2021). A woman's place (in the panel): Positioning and framing in comics by Nina Hemmingsson and Lotta Sjöberg. In: Kristy Beers Fägersten; Anna Nordenstam; Leena Romu; Margareta Wallin Wictorin (Ed.), Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives (pp. 40-58). London: RoutledgeBeers Fägersten, K., Nordenstam, A., Romu, L. & Wallin Wictorin, M. (Eds.). (2021). Comic art and feminism in the baltic sea region: Transnational perspectives. London: RoutledgeBeers Fägersten, K., Romu, L., Nordenstam, A. & Wallin Wictorin, M. (2021). Feminist comic art is spreading in the Baltic Sea Region. Baltic Worlds (3), 43-46Beers Fägersten, K., Romu, L., Nordenstam, A. & Wallin Wictorin, M. (2021). Feminist comics: An expanding field. In: Kristy Beers Fägersten; Anna Nordenstam; Leena Romu; Margareta Wallin Wictorin (Ed.), Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives (pp. 1-14). London: RoutledgeBeers Fägersten, K., Nordenstam, A. & Wallin Wictorin, M. (2021). Satirizing the nuclear family in the comic art of Liv Strömquist. ImageTexT, 13(1)Beers Fägersten, K. & Pereira, G. M. (2021). Swear words for sale: The commodification of swearing. Pragmatics and Society, 12(1), 79-105Beers Fägersten, K. (2020). Language play in contemporary Swedish comic strips. Boston: Mouton de GruyterBeers Fägersten, K. (2019). Linguistics: Comics conversations as data in Swedish comic strips. In: Matthew Smith, Randy Duncan and Matthew Brown (Ed.), More critical approaches to comics: Theories and methods (pp. 145-159). London: Routledge
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