Taboo Language in Sex and the City : An Analysis of Gender Differences in Using Taboo Language in Conversation

University essay from Högskolan Kristianstad/Sektionen för lärande och miljö

Author: Gao Gao; [2008]

Keywords: language; gender;

Abstract:   Taboo language is a broad definition, and researchers have defined it in various categories. Using taboo language, to a great extent, is widely considered as offensive and inappropriate, as well as a specialty of men rather than women. Men and women are often said to use taboo language differently. This study aims to analyze the use of taboo language in conversations of women’s, men’s and mixed-gender talk in some episodes from the American TV series Sex and the City. The study will examine the differences and similarities of using taboo language in male and female speech in terms of gender differences, and conversational strategies in general.  

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