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p. 233. Is slang a language?locked

  • Jonathon Green

Abstract

‘Is slang a language?’ suggests that if a means of communication is a language, then slang is surely a part of the overarching English language as much as any other lexical subset such as jargon, technicalities, and regionalisms. But is it a language or no more than an aggregation of words—a lexis or vocabulary? The different definitions and concepts of slang are considered: as a ‘counter-language’ describing slang’s role not as a collection of obscenities, but as a subversive language in opposition to standard English; as a secret language, keeping things dark other than for a small band of privileged initiates; or simply as part of a local dialect.

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