A psycho-social analysis of common kimbeere swearwords in the language of traders at Kiritiri Miraa market, Embu county
Mukuni, Daniel Muturi.
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This study will focus on the domains and functions of common swearwords among native Kimbeere speakers in a miraa (Khat) market. The study sets to identify the common Kimbeere swearwords; describe the domains from which they are sourced; account for the influence of age, gender and education in their usage; and define their function in communication. Jay's Neuro - Psycho - Social Theory of speech (NPS) and Hymes' Ethnography of Communication Approach (EO C) will be used. NPS will explain the psychological and social reasons of using swearwords in speech while Hymes' approach will guide us in describing the speech situations involved in the use of swearwords as well as identifying the domains from which the swearwords are sourced, thus defining the link between swear language and culture. This study will be a descriptive survey of language use incorporating qualitative research aspects. Data will be collected by observation of verbal and non verbal behaviour, recording naturally occurring speech transactions, as well as by use of an interview schedule. Respondents will be sampled using the 'friend' of a friend approach. Two informants, one male and the other female, and who will be native Kimbeere speakers will be involved. The swearwords collected will be analyzed in terms of commonality, described and categorized in terms of domain (e.g. sex, religion) and explained with regard to their function in communication (i.e. psychological, social or linguistic function).