Towards a cross-cultural pragmatic taxonomy of insults

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Title: Towards a cross-cultural pragmatic taxonomy of insults
Authors: Mateo Martínez, José | Yus, Francisco
Research Group/s: Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: Insults | Relevance theory | Intentionality | Phatic communication | Social bonding | Misunderstanding | Cross-cultural | Cognitive effects | Inference | Offence | Praise
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation: Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. 2013, 1(1): 87-114. doi:10.1075/jlac.1.1.05mat
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explain the use of insults from a relevance-theoretic perspective. To that end, our analysis takes into consideration four variables that, we believe, play a major role in how insults are produced an interpreted: (a) the conventional or innovative nature of the insult; (b) the underlying intentionality (to offend, to praise or to establish/maintain social bonding; (c) the in/correct interpretation of the insult, and (d) the addressee’s reaction or lack thereof. The combination of these variables generates a twenty four case taxonomy that can account for and describe the use of insults in any given (cross)-cultural context. The proposed taxonomy will be here described and exemplified.
ISSN: 2213-1272 (Print) | 2213-1280 (Online)
DOI: 10.1075/jlac.1.1.05mat
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © John Benjamins Publishing Company
Peer Review: si
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