Football Talk: Sociological Reflections on the Dialectics of Language and Football

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Abstract

The paper examines the relationship between football and language from a sociological point of view. This has often been couched in negative terms but the paper argues that such a view distorts the majority of ‘Football Talk’. The discourse surrounding football within everyday interactions is often positive and integrative. ‘Football Talk’ acts as a lingua franca amongst football supporters. This language code is therefore both inclusive and exclusive.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalEuropen Journal for Sport and Society
Early online date27 May 2016
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Publication statusEarly online date - 27 May 2016

Bibliographical note

Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Queen's
Visiting Professor at Universita Cattolica, Milano currently

Keywords

  • Football, Sociology, Language, Social Integration,

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