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Svensk dramadialog | Stroh-Wollin Ulla 1954- , Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk

Dramernas svordomar en lexikal och grammatisk studie i 300 års svensk dramatik


    • <p>This study is a lexical and grammatical investigation of the 2 200 instances of swearing in a corpus of 45 plays from the 18<sup>th</sup>, 19<sup>th</sup> and 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, brought together within the re­search project <em>Drama dialogue through three centuries</em> at the Department of Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University.</p><p>The report comprises two main sections, the latter being an alphabetic word list, ex­tensively accounting for the different swear words and the conventionalized expressions these words take part in. The articles of the word list include grammatical classifications, meanings/pragmatic functions and etymologies. Being an account of a certain corpus, the articles also list the orthographic variants of the words/expressions used in the plays as well as their distribution on syntactic functions, with the actual number of instances specified, play by play. Every syntactic function of a word or an expression is also illu­strated by at least one characteristic example from the corpus.</p><p>The prerequisites of the word list, e.g. the definition of swearing, complicated etymo­logies and the non-standard syntactic functions of swear words, are discussed in the first section of the report. This section also contains a number of diachronic analyses, mainly based on quantitative comparisons between the swearing in plays dating from the six dif­ferent sub periods that constitute the corpus. Thus, the frequency over time of swearing as a whole, as well as of the relative frequency of different kinds of swear words (e.g. celesti­al words versus diabolic, euphemisms versus non-euphemisms) and the shifting popularity of individual swear words, have been studied. Furthermore, grammatical investigations have been carried through. Among other things, it is shown how some expressions grammaticalize and develop new patterns for their distribution on syntactic functions.</p>





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