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Programme: What the HEL – The 5th SwiSca Symposium on Swearing

What the HEL?  –  The 5th SwiSca Symposium on Swearing  23-24 November 2017, University of Helsinki University of Helsinki, main building, Fabianinkatu 33 , 2 nd  floor, lecture hall 2 (konsistorin sali) Join the event Facebook group at Programme ( updated 19/11/1017 ) Thursday 9.30-10.00 WELCOME & INTRODUCTION (Minna Hjort and Elizabeth Peterson) SESSION 1 Persuasive swearing 10.00-10.30 Kristy Beers Fägersten, Södertörn University: Swear words for Sale 10.30-11.00 Minna Hjort, University of Helsinki: Taboo in the Tabloids – Swearing celebrities and translating journalists 11.00-11.30 Anne Ketola, University of Tampere: From foul English to foul Finnish: Examining the translation of Adam Mansbach's Go the Fuck to Sleep 11.30-12.00 Jutta Rosenberg, Oscar Winberg, Åbo Akademi: Inflammable language and insults in the 2016 U
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6th SwiSca symposium keynote address: Dr. Richard Stephens “Give me strength!” Benefits of swearing for pain, physical performance and beyond Abstract Swearing is a fascinating aspect of language. For instance, evidence from Tourette's sufferers and aphasics suggests swearing may not rely on the usual language areas in the left cortex. In addition, while people tend to think of the use of four letter words as a modern phenomenon, the reality is that the earliest recorded uses of these words date back 1,000 years (the F word is one of the most recent, at c1500). Dr Richard Stephens, a psychologist based at Keele University in the United Kingdom, will be talking about his research, published in well-respected peer-review journals, conducted over the last decade. Across a number of studies Dr Stephens’s work has shown that swearing can help people become more tolerant of pain, that swearing can boost performance of physical strength and power tasks as well as other f