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Corpus Linguistics

4. Swearing

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In this lecture we think about how we can use corpus linguistics to think about how and why swearing has changed between 1994 and 2014, focusing in particular on: (i) changes in the amount of swearing between 1994 and 2014; (ii) changes in the specific swear words used between 1994 and 2014; (iii) the differences in frequency of swearing between men and women in 1994 and 2014; (iv) the differences in the frequency of swearing depending on one’s age; and (v) the potential reasons for the differences in swearing between 1994 and 2014, as well as for the differences between men and women and people of different age.


In this course Dr Robbie Love (Aston University) provides an introduction to corpus linguistics. In the first lecture, we think about some of the key principles of corpus linguistics, including the concepts of sampling and representativeness, and the means by which corpora are created. In the second lecture, we think about some of the analytical methods that can be applied to corpora, including frequency analysis, concordance analysis, collocation analysis and keyness analysis. In the third lecture, we think about using corpus linguistics in discourse analysis, focusing on Paul Baker’s work on the representation of refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and migrants in the British press. In the fourth lecture, we look at the use of corpus linguistics to explore how swearing has changed between 1994 and 2014, before turning in the fifth lecture to think about the tools available for students to conduct their own analyses using corpus linguistics.


Dr Robbie Love is a Lecturer in Social Sciences and Humanities at Aston University. He specialises in corpus linguistics, and uses corpus methods to explore English is used in a range of contexts, including casual conversation and public communications.

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Love, R. (2022, October 17). Corpus Linguistics - Swearing [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Love, R. "Corpus Linguistics – Swearing." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 Oct 2022,

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