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Abusive Language in Chinese and English

Jinwen Zeng 1 Calvin Odhiambo 2 David Marlow 2

1University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2University of South Carolina Upstate

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ABSTRACT

Abusive language used by college students reflects current social attitudes and values. Adopting a comparative and cross-cultural perspective, this study examines the frequency and perceived severity of abusive language in English and Mandarin Chinese. Because abusive language often includes sexual connotations, this paper employs a particular concentration on sexism. Gender differences in the use of abusive language illustrate a male bias across cultures.

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