Cursing, taboo and euphemism

Authored by: Zhuo Jing-Schmidt

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138650732
eBook ISBN: 9781315625157
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Cursing is a universal and enduring human activity. As such, it provides a window into human ethology, psychology and culture. It is inherently related to taboo and its symbiotic other – euphemism. This chapter will begin with an overview of key scholarly insights on cursing, taboo and euphemism, from psychology, anthropology, linguistics and related fields, to be followed by a review of research on these phenomena in Chinese and brief suggestions for future research.

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