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Slang: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathon Green

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198729532

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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What words qualify as slang? Should slang be acknowledged as a language in itself? And what does the digital revolution mean for the future of slang? In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathon Green addresses these questions, considering the etymology, dating, and spelling of the words that have invaded and shaped the English language.

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What words qualify as slang? Should slang be acknowledged as a language in itself? And what does the digital revolution mean for the future of slang? In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathon Green addresses these questions, considering the etymology, dating, and spelling of the words that have invaded and shaped the English language.

  • Approaches the words of slang thematically, considering their various users and settings
  • Discusses the lexicography of slang and traces the 500 year history of slang dictionaries
  • Considers the future of slang in light of the digital revolution
  • Part of the best selling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jonathon Green, Independent scholar

Table of Contents

    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

Reviews

"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