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The components of slang

Jonathon Green

in Slang

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780198729532
Published online February 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191796418 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

The components of slang

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‘The components of slang’ outlines the forms and etymological roots of slang and considers how the terms are validated. Slang offers no forms unique to itself. It borrows much of its lexis from standard English and employs similar methods of constructing it. The simplest, and most popular use is in varieties of combining, whether as phrases, compounds, or derivatives. Slang offers many agglomerations and it seems that once a pattern is accepted, all suggested combinations are justifiable. The role of synonymity within slang could be seen as a means of avoiding the real world by conjuring up an infinity of parallel terms or better ways of burrowing deeper inside it.

Keywords: Arabic; Dutch; French; German; Greek; Hindi; Italian; Latin; Spanish; Yoruba

Chapter.  2897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dialect, Slang and Jargon

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