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Curse Words in Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection Using Analogue Method

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2018/2019 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar

Curse Words in Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection
Using Analogue Method

陳美濤 Chan Mei To

November 23, 2018 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Language: Cantonese


Despite being insulting and rude, curse words are regarded as an indispensable part in every language. They can reflect the taboo of society and enhance the realness of literary works. Comparing the curses words in literary works can reflect the language habit of certain social classes, and provide a new angle for Chinese language study. Current research using literary works mostly targets on full-length novels. They mainly focus on same type of curse words, as the characters’ identities are similar in full-length novels.Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection, a simulation of the Song dynasty vernacular novels, is a collection of short novels, including romance, horror, detectives, and other types of stories. Its characters’ identities vary, and therefore it reflects the use of different types of curse words. However, curse words do not always point out the disadvantages of the other side directly. Analogue method is frequently used in curse words, which means that insulting people by comparing them to animals or objects. This talk analyzes the characteristics of curse words using analogue method in Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection.


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