Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN 2211-3770
  • E-ISSN: 2211-3789
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The aim of this study is to explore some of the main linguistic features that characterize the discourse of sexual harassment of peers at an institution of higher learning in Zimbabwe. One hundred undergraduate female students aged between 19 and 24 were asked to respond to a questionnaire on sexual harassment and describe what they recalled the harassers said to them. The results reveal that the discourse of sexual harassment is characterized by (a) the use of monologic utterances, (b) extensive use of code-mixing and, most importantly, (c) the use of excessively impolite utterances that are couched in hostile jokes.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): hostile jokes; monologic utterances; sexual harassment; taboo; teases
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