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Kristy Beers Fägersten

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Kristy Beers Fägersten
Professor
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Flemingsberg
Phone: +46 8 608 5077
Fax: +46 8 608 4640
PB 233 Primus

Kristy Beers Fägersten received her PhD in 2000 from the University of Florida, with the dissertation A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English. Beers Fägersten teaches courses on all levels of the English degree program, including Survey of English linguistics (A), Language and power (B), Theoretical perspectives of linguistics (C), and the C-essay course.

Kristy Beers Fägerstens research interests include pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and discourse and conversation analysis. She is a member of the networks SwiSca (Swearing in Scandinavia) and NNCORE (Nordic Network for Comics Research), and is currently researching the use of English swear words in Swedish and the oral, conversational aspects of contemporary Swedish comic strips.

Kristy Beers Fägersten has served as Head of the Department of English, Swedish, Comparative Literature and Aesthetic Learning Processes (April-December 2013), Head of English (January 2014-December 2015), and Director of Studies at the Baltic and East European Graduate School (April 2014-August 2016).
 

Academic background:

2016 Professor of English linguistics

2012 Associate Professor of English linguistics

2000 PhD in Linguistics. University of Florida. Dissertation chair: Dr. Diana Boxer

Dissertation: A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English.

1994 MA in French. University of Florida.

1990 BA in Foreign languages and literatures (French, German, Spanish). University of Delaware.
 

Academic positions:

2010-: Södertörns högskola, School of Culture and Education

2006-2010: Högskolan Dalarna, School of Humanities and Media

2004-2006: Universität des Saarlandes, Anglistik, Amerikanistik, und anglophone Kulturen

2001-2003: Stockholms universitet, English Department
 

Publications:

Beers Fägersten, K. (forthcoming). What’s so funny about swearing? The use of English-language swearwords in Swedish-language comic strips. Journal of Pragmatics.

Beers Fägersten, K. and Stapleton, K. (eds). 2017. Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Beers Fägersten, K. and Stapleton, K. 2017. Introduction: Swearing Research as Variations on a Theme. In K. Beers and K. Stapleton (eds.) Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2017. FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The standardization of fuck in Swedish media. In K. Beers and K. Stapleton (eds.) Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2017. The role of swearing in creating an online persona: The case of YouTuber PewDiePie. Discourse, Context and Media 18: 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.04.002

Beers Fägersten, K. (ed). 2016. Watching TV with a Linguist. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2016. Introduction: The linguist’s view of TV. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp.1-13. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. and Sveen, H. 2016. SaMANtha: Language and gender in Sex and the City. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp. 67-85. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2016. What’s the deal with morphemes? Doing morphology with Seinfeld. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp. 181-201. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2016. Channel surfing: Tuning into sounds. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp. 202-230. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2016. I’m learneding First language acquisition in The Simpsons. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp. 257-281. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. and Fiorentini, I. 2016. Lost and language found. In K. Beers Fägersten (ed.), Watching TV with a Linguist, pp. 282-306. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2015. Snuff said Conflicting corporate and employee interests in the pursuit of a tobacco client. In E. Darics (ed.) Digital Business Discourse, pp. 142-159. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2014. The use of English swear words in Swedish media. In M. Rathje (ed.) Swearing in the Nordic Countries, pp. 63-82. Copenhagen: Dansk Sprognævn.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2014. Comic strips. In S. Attardo (ed.) Sage Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, pp. 155-156. London: Sage.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2013. A case study of a distance degree program in Vietnam: Examples from a learner-centered approach to distance education. In K. Sullivan, P. Czigler, and J. Sullivan Hellgren (eds.), Cases on Professional Distance Education Degree Programs and Practices: Successes, Challenges and Issues, pp. 233-257. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2012. Fucking Svenska Språktidningen (October 2012), Språktidningen i Sverige AB: Stockholm. http://www.spraktidningen.se/artiklar/2012/09/fucking-svenska

Beers Fägersten, K. 2012. Whos Swearing Now? The Social Functions of Conversational Swearing. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2012. Intertextual quotation: References to media in family interaction. In R. Ayass and C. Gerhardt (eds.), The Appropriation of media in everyday life. What people do with media, pp. 79-104. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2012. The use of English in the Swedish-language comic Rocky. In F. Bramlett (ed.), Linguistics and the study of comics, pp. 239-263. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2012. Teacher discourse and code choice in a Swedish EFL classroom. In B. Yoon & H. Kim (eds.) Teachers roles in second language learning: Classroom applications of sociocultural theory, pp. 81-98. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Cunningham, U., Beers Fägersten, K., & Holmsten, E. 2010. "Can you hear me, Hanoi?" Compensatory mechanisms employed in synchronous net-based English language learning. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 11(1). http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/774/1488

Schmid, M. & Beers Fägersten, K. 2010. Disfluency markers in L1 attrition. Language Learning 60(4): 1-39.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2009. Using discourse analysis to assess social co-presence in the video conference environment. In L. Shedletsky and J. Aitken (eds.), Cases on online discussion and interaction: Experiences and outcomes, pp.175-193. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Beers Fägersten, K., Holmsten, E., & Cunningham, U. 2009. Multimodal communication and meta-modal discourse. In R. Taiwo (ed.), Handbook of research in discourse behavior and digital communication: Language structures and social interaction, pp. 145-163. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2008. Discourse strategies and power roles in student-led distance learning. Tidskrift för lärarutbildning och forskning: Proceedings of Identity and Power in the Language Classroom 15(2): 11-24.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2008. A corpus approach to discursive constructions of a hip-hop identity. In R. Reppen and A. Ädel (eds.), Corpora and discourse: The challenges of different settings, pp. 211-242. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

McBride, K. & Beers Fägersten, K. 2008. The students role in distance learning. In S. Goertler and P. Winke (eds.), Opening doors through distance learning education: Principles, perspectives and practices, pp. 43-66. San Marcos, TX: CALICO.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2007. A sociolinguistic analysis of swearword offensiveness. Saarland Working Papers in Linguistics 1: 14-37. http://scidok.sulb.uni-saarland.de/sulb/portal/swpl/

Beers Fägersten, K. 2006. Review of Swearing in English. Bad language, purity and power from 1586 to the present (T. McEnery). Applied Linguistics 27(3): 542-545.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2006. The discursive construction of identity in an Internet hip-hop community. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses 19: 23-44.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2005. Hesitations and repair in German. Proceedings of DiSS05, Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech Workshop. 10–12 September, Aix-en-Provence, France, pp. 71-76.

Beers Fägersten, K. 2000. Review of Street Speak: Essential American Slang and Idioms. The Sunshine State TESOL Journal, Fall: 41, 44.

Current projects: 

Books:

Beers Fägersten, K. (in preparation). Language Play in Contemporary Swedish Comic Strips. DeGruyter, Language Play and Creativity Series.  

Articles:

Beers Fägersten, K. and Pareira, G. (in preparation). Swearwords for sale. In N. Nassenstein and A. Storch (eds.) Swearing and Cursing – Contexts and Practices in a Critical Linguistic Perspective. Berlin: DeGruyter.

Beers Fägersten, K. (under review). Spritsnack: Samspelet mellan alkohol och samtal i tecknade serien Rocky. Spiritus. Stockholm: Spritmuseum.