Taboo Language and Norms in Sociolinguistics

AmirAhmad Jafari Baravati, Samaneh Rangriz


This study aims to review related literature concerning the use of taboo words in societies. language is a transmitter of culture that shows sign system of words, sounds, and meanings that the members of a speech community use in order to cooperate with each other. In various cultures there are strong words namely taboos which counted as one aspect of social structure. Not many studies have been carried out on the area of taboo and its interpretation from sociolinguistics’ perspectives in Iran. The researcher has been unable to find any studies having explored opinions and attitudes of Iranians and scholars towards English taboos. As a result, this study can be helpful in carrying studying in the field of discourse and sociolinguistics.


culture, power, sociology, strong words, taboo

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