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ERIC Number: EJ1042292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-7761
"¿Puras Groserías?": Rethinking the Role of Profanity and Graphic Humor in Latin@ Students' Bilingual Wordplay
Martínez, Ramón Antonio; Morales, P. Zitlali
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v45 n4 p337-354 Dec 2014
This article explores the role of profanity and graphic humor in the bilingual wordplay of Latin@ middle school students. We highlight the creativity, skill, and communicative competence embedded in this transgressive wordplay, revealing how these youth employed profanity and graphic humor to index ethnic solidarity and construct bilingual identities. We argue that further exploration of such wordplay might well reveal other functions and meanings that are obscured when it is simply dismissed as inappropriate. [Funding was provided by University of California, Los Angeles and University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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