Julie Coleman

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199549375
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720772 | DOI:

Series: A History Of Cant and Slang Dictionaries


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The Introduction explains some of the terms used in the study, explains the principles underlying the selection of dictionaries, and summarizes the scope of each chapter. It then provides an account of the historical setting for the late 19th-century dictionaries of British slang.

Keywords: slang; cant; British English; American English; Indian English; Australian English; British Empire; urbanization

Chapter.  5817 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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