publication . Article . 2018

Making and breaking the stereotype

Murphy, Brona; Palma-Fahey, Maria;
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  • Published: 03 Jul 2018 Journal: Pragmatics and Society, volume 9, pages 297-328 (issn: 1878-9714, eissn: 1878-9722, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:p>This paper explores how the cultural concept of the Irish Mammy is portrayed in the popular television comedy series ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’. Considering the historicity and cultural aspects surrounding essential views of Irishness that have shaped the archetype of the stereotype, we draw on a corpus of (semi)scripted fictional interaction taken from the series. Using a Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (CADS) approach to explore linguistic patterning surrounding the use of key lexical markers (e.g. Mammy), we investigate what they reveal about how the concept is represented, (de)constructed, and negotiated. The paper discusses the construction and deconstruc...
free text keywords: gender, culture, Irish-English, identity, construction, Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, Corpus-assisted discourse studies, Sociology, Human sexuality, Stereotype, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Archetype, Deconstruction, Aesthetics, Irish, language.human_language, language, Historicity (philosophy), Comedy
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