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Kristy Beers Fägersten

Kristy Beers Fägersten is professor of English linguistics at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research disciplines include pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and conversation analysis. Her publications feature analyses of the language of media and popular culture, with a special focus on language play, humour, and swearing. She is the author of "Who’s Swearing Now? The Social Aspects and Pragmatic Functions of Conversational Swearing" (2012) and "Language Play in Contemporary Swedish Comic Strips" (2021); she is the editor of "Watching TV with a Linguist" (2016), and co-editor of "Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region: Transnational Perspectives" (2021), the Journal of Pragmatics-special issue, "Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English" (2018), and (with Karyn Stapleton) of "Advances in Swearing Research" (2017).
Forthcoming publications on swearing include “Swearing”, co-authored with Karyn Stapleton, in the Handbook of Pragmatics Online (2022), and “The evolution of swearing in television catchphrases”, co-authored with Monika Bednarek, in Languages and Literature (2022).

As a recipient of the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) scholarship, Beers Fägersten was Visiting Scholar at Ohio State University (2012). She was also awarded a Södertörn University sabbatical scholarship, spent as Visiting Researcher at Bremen University (2016), a Wenner-Gren sabbatical scholarship, spent as Visiting Research at the University of Michigan (2018), and Resident Researcher scholarship from Villa San Michele, Capri (2021). Beers Fägersten is a member of the research networks Swearing in Scandinavia (2012--), Consortium for Research about Profanity (2020--), Nordic Network of Comics Research (2018--), and the Swedish Society for the Studies of English (2006--), of which she is the current president (2021--).