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The future of slang

Jonathon Green

in Slang

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780198729532
Published online February 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191796418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0009

Series: Very Short Introductions

The future of slang

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Slang’s future is interwoven with our new connected, digitized world. ‘The future of slang’ asks if we are, any longer, able safely to talk of ‘slang’ as a discrete language group, or are the varieties of non-standard language to become subject to the promotion of niche interests, in this case forms of speech, that the digital world encourages? It also considers whether the nature and content of slang, or slangs, will change. The increasing volume of ‘girl talk’ on social media, for example, flouts many of slang’s male conventions. Of slang’s continuing existence, there is no doubt, but the question that remains is what, now, makes up ‘slang’?

Keywords: blues; Isaac Cruikshank; Francis Grose; Sir James Murray; Oxford English Dictionary; Eric Honeywood Partridge

Chapter.  2330 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dialect, Slang and Jargon

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