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Slang : A Very Short Introduction - Jonathon Green


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 1st May 2016
ISBN: 9780198729532
Number Of Pages: 144

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Slang, however one judges it, shows us at our most human. It is used widely and often, typically associated with the writers of noir fiction, teenagers, and rappers, but also found in the works of Shakespeare and Dickens. It has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today's vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang words and phrases.

This Very Short Introduction takes readers on a wide-ranging tour of this fascinating sub-set of the English language. It considers the meaning and origins of the word 'slang' itself, the ideas that a make a word 'slang', the long-running themes that run through slang, and the history of slang's many dictionaries.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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a welcome edition of Oxford's Very Short Introductions, and anyone seeking an accessible tour d'horizon of this lively subject will find that Green's book is just the ticket. * Benjamin George Friedman, Times Literary Supplement *

1: 'Slang': the word 2: 'Slang' as a linguistic register 3: Is slang a language? 4: The words of slang: themes and development 5: The users of slang 6: The components of slang 7: Recording slang 8: The lexicography of slang: slang's dictionaries 9: The future of slang

ISBN: 9780198729532
ISBN-10: 0198729537
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st May 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.3  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.12

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