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Framing 'female' vulgarity: an example of the use of linguistic markers in an episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation

Abstract : “Vulgarity” is a term that may refer to what is offensive, coarse or unrefined, and therefore necessarily appeals to subjective criteria; vulgarity is in this sense intrinsically ideological. This article explores how vulgarity may be expressed linguistically. Analysis centers on the use of syntactic and lexical markers, as well as two prosodic markers: creaky voice and the High Rising Terminal contour (HRT). The corpus is composed of scenes from an episode of NBC’s television series Parks and Recreation (season 6, episode 4). The linguistic markers are used humorously in order to create a frivolous, oblivious female character thanks to a strategy of feigned accommodation. It is suggested that this occurs because several markers are both likely to be stigmatized, and because they may be perceived as intrinsically female.
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Pierre Habasque. Framing 'female' vulgarity: an example of the use of linguistic markers in an episode of NBC's Parks and Recreation. Genre en séries : cinéma, télévision, médias, Genre en séries, 2019. ⟨hal-02441161⟩

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