"The intensifier 'ass', in snippets", Improbable Research 11/3/2014:
snippets journal publishes notes that contribute to the study of syntax and semantics in generative grammar. The notes are brief, self-contained and explicit. For an example of the content, can we recommend a 2011 paper by Professor Daniel Siddiqi (Carlton University, US) who examines the ‘ass’ intensifier. […]
See: 'The English intensifier ass' in: snippets, issue 23, May 2011.
But Daniel Siddiqi failed to cite a number of earlier (and more complete) publications, and Improbable Research misses a bunch more.
In chronological order, prior to Siddiqi's paper:
Arthur Spears, "African-American language use: Ideology and so-called obscenity", in Mufwene, Rickford, Bailey, and Baugh (Eds.) African-American English, 1998.
Diana Elgersma, ""Serious-ass morphology: The anal emphatic in English", MILC 2 1998.
Mary Bucholtz, "You da man: Narrating the racial other in the production of white masculinity", Journal of Sociolinguistics 1999.
Mark Liberman, "New intensifiers", LLOG 8/16/2004.
Mark Liberman, "The intensified crack of dawn?", LLOG 6/7/2005.
Randall Munroe, "Hyphen", 1/1/2006.
After Siddiqi, but before Improbable Research:
Geoffrey Pullum, "Root haughtiness", LLOG 8/20/2011.
Mark Liberman, "Is it a prosodic-ass constraint?", LLOG 8/25/2011.
Neal Whitman, "Ass/Fucking Intensification", Literal-Minded 1/19/2012.
John Rickford, "Rachel Jenteal's language in the Zimmerman trial", LLOG 7/10/2013.
Ben Zimmer, "Can '[adjective]-ass' occur predicatively?", LLOG 11/18/2013.
My point? This is serious-ass scholarship, and there's no excuse for a sloppy-ass literature review.