oa Lexikos - Vloek, skel en vulgariteit: Hantering van sosiolinguisties aanstootlike leksikale items

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-4904
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0039



Swearing, Abuse and Vulgarity in Language: The Lexicographical Treatment of Sodolinguistically Offensive Lexical Items. This article limits itself to some thoughts on the lexicographical handling of swearing, abuse and ordinary ''bad language"". It examines the faults made in the treatment of Afrikaans {ok (English tuck), together with some of its compounds, related' lemmata, idioms and other ramifications. A very noticeable evasion of linguistic reality is demonstrated and discussed. A draft is presented of more realistic definitions, and the labelling explained. Labels indicating swearing, abuse, insult and the like belong to a series concerned with stylistic functioning and should be distinguished from those indicating sociolinguistic status, like vulgar, colloquial, elevated, etc., with which they are traditionally grouped on a graded scale.

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