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Beers Fägersten, KristyORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2277-2282
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Peterson, E. & Beers Fägersten, K. (2018). Introduction to the special issue: Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English. Journal of Pragmatics, 133, 105-108
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction to the special issue: Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English
2018 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 133, p. 105-108Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35687 (URN)10.1016/j.pragma.2018.06.005 (DOI)000442193900009 ()2-s2.0-85048332319 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-21 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2018). På svenska svär vi gärna på engelska. Språkbruk (1), 26-28
Open this publication in new window or tab >>På svenska svär vi gärna på engelska
2018 (Swedish)In: Språkbruk, ISSN 0358-9293, no 1, p. 26-28Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Keywords
svordomar, svära, engelska, svenska
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36935 (URN)
Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. & Stapleton, K. (Eds.). (2017). Advances in swearing research: New languages and new contexts. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Advances in swearing research: New languages and new contexts
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Any behavior that arouses, as swearing does, controversy, disagreement, disdain, shock, and indignation as often as it imbues passion, sincerity, intimacy, solidarity, and jocularity should be an obvious target of in-depth scholarship. Rigorous, scholarly investigation of the practice of swearing acknowledges its social and cultural significance, and allows us to discover and better understand the historical, psychological, sociological, and linguistic aspects (among others) of swearwords and swearword usage. The present volume brings together a range of themes and issues central to the existing knowledge of swearing and considers these in two key ‘new’ arenas, that is, in languages other than English, and/or in contexts and media other than spoken interaction. Many of the chapters analysed are based on large and robust collections of data, such as corpora or questionnaire responses, which allow for patterns of swearing to emerge. In other chapters, personally observed instances of swearing comprise the focus, allowing for a close analysis of the relationship between sociolinguistic context and pragmatic function. In each chapter, the cultural aspects of swearing are considered, ultimately affirming the importance of the study of swearing, and further establishing the legitimacy of swearing as a target of research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017
Series
Pragmatics & beyond new series, ISSN 0922-842x ; 282
Keywords
swearing, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Other research area
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33606 (URN)10.1075/pbns.282 (DOI)9789027256874 (ISBN)9789027265005 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2017). English-language swearing as humor in Swedish comic strips. Journal of Pragmatics, 121, 175-187
Open this publication in new window or tab >>English-language swearing as humor in Swedish comic strips
2017 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 121, p. 175-187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I investigate the Swedish, non-native use of English swear words in Swedish-language comic strips. I first consider the established relationships between both swearing and humor, and comics and humor. I propose that swear word usage and the comic strip framework contribute to a mutual feedback loop, whereby the comic strip derives its humor from the use of English swear words, while at the same time the comic strip context, by invoking a play frame, primes the swear word usage for humorous interpretation. Modeling Siegel (1995), I then consider how a code-switch to English serves as a framing device or contextualization cue for humor in Swedish-language contexts. The analysis of a selection of Swedish comic strips draws from the Encryption Theory of Humor (Flamson and Barrett, 2008), and suggests that humor created via the Swedish practice of swearing in English is a function of shared background knowledge that capitalizes on the fundamental incongruity of two discourse systems operating under different norms of appropriateness.

Keywords
swearing, comics, humor, Swedish, code-switching, Encryption Theory
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33688 (URN)10.1016/j.pragma.2017.10.014 (DOI)000417667500011 ()2-s2.0-85033482917 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Birgit och Gad Rausings stiftelse för Humanistisk ForskningHelge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2017). FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The standardisation of fuck in Swedish media. In: Kristy Beers Fägersten and Karyn Stapleton (Ed.), Advances in Swearing Research: New languages and new contexts (pp. 65-86). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The standardisation of fuck in Swedish media
2017 (English)In: Advances in Swearing Research: New languages and new contexts / [ed] Kristy Beers Fägersten and Karyn Stapleton, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017, p. 65-86Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017
Series
Pragmatics & beyond new series, ISSN 0922-842x ; 282
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33608 (URN)10.1075/pbns.282.04bee (DOI)9789027256874 (ISBN)9789027265005 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. & Stapleton, K. (2017). Introduction: Swearing research as variations on a theme. In: Kristy Beers Fägersten and Karyn Stapleton (Ed.), Advances in Swearing Research: New languages and new contexts (pp. 1-16). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction: Swearing research as variations on a theme
2017 (English)In: Advances in Swearing Research: New languages and new contexts / [ed] Kristy Beers Fägersten and Karyn Stapleton, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017, p. 1-16Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017
Series
Pragmatics & beyond new series, ISSN 0922-842x ; 282
Keywords
swearing, swearwords, taboo
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33607 (URN)10.1075/pbns.282.01int (DOI)9789027256874 (ISBN)9789027265005 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2017). Spritsnack: Samspelet mellan alkohol och samtal i den tecknade serien Rocky.. Spiritus, Webbpublikation, 15 s.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spritsnack: Samspelet mellan alkohol och samtal i den tecknade serien Rocky.
2017 (Swedish)In: Spiritus, ISSN 1404-465X, Vol. Webbpublikation, p. 15 s.-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2017
Keywords
alkohol, sprit, tecknade serier, Rocky, samtalsanalys
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33662 (URN)
Available from: 2017-11-02 Created: 2017-11-02 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2017). The role of swearing in creating an online persona: The case of YouTuber PewDiePie. Discourse, Context & Media, 18, 1-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of swearing in creating an online persona: The case of YouTuber PewDiePie
2017 (English)In: Discourse, Context & Media, ISSN 2211-6958, E-ISSN 2211-6966, Vol. 18, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is an investigation of the use of English-language swear words by Swedish, non-native speaker PewDiePie in the context of self-recorded, Let’s Play horror videos uploaded to the video-sharing website, YouTube. Situating PewDiePie within the greater media landscape to establish both his success and notoriety, this article addresses the local interpretation of the globalization of English and the use of English swear words in Swedish media. The practice of swearing in the gaming context is discussed, and swearing instances in a selection of three of PewDiePie’s horror game videos are analyzed. The article puts forth the argument that the use of English swear words contributes to the performance of PewDiePie as a specific, online persona, one that is both in line with the context of video gaming and conducive to a para-social relationship, allowing PewDiePie to achieve the overall goals of communicating with his viewers as peers and reducing the social distance between them. The article concludes that PewDiePie’s practice of social swearing not only simulates casual conversation between friends, but actively reduces social distance, creates the illusion of intimacy, and contributes to his unprecedented success on YouTube.

National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32477 (URN)10.1016/j.dcm.2017.04.002 (DOI)000405156800001 ()2-s2.0-85019106523 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-05-05 Created: 2017-05-05 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2016). Channel surfing: Tuning into the sounds of English (1ed.). In: Kristy Beers Fägersten (Ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist: (pp. 202-230). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Channel surfing: Tuning into the sounds of English
2016 (English)In: Watching TV with a Linguist / [ed] Kristy Beers Fägersten, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016, 1, p. 202-230Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016 Edition: 1
Keywords
phonetics, phonology, television, dialogue
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31132 (URN)2-s2.0-85011957229 (Scopus ID)978-0-8156-3493-5 (ISBN)978-0-8156-1081-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-11 Created: 2016-11-11 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Beers Fägersten, K. (2016). I'm learneding!: First language acquisition in The Simpsons (1ed.). In: Kristy Beers Fägersten (Ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist: (pp. 257-281). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I'm learneding!: First language acquisition in The Simpsons
2016 (English)In: Watching TV with a Linguist / [ed] Kristy Beers Fägersten, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016, 1, p. 257-281Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016 Edition: 1
Keywords
first language acquisition, the simpsons, television dialogue
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31133 (URN)2-s2.0-85011965746 (Scopus ID)978-0-8156-3493-5 (ISBN)978-0-8156-1081-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-11 Created: 2016-11-11 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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