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English-language swearing as humor in Swedish comic strips
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2277-2282
2017 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 121, 175-187 p.Article 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.

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2017. Vol. 121, 175-187 p.
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swearing, comics, humor, Swedish, code-switching, Encryption Theory
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33688DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2017.10.014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85033482917OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33688DiVA: diva2:1155706
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Birgit och Gad Rausings stiftelse för Humanistisk ForskningHelge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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