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p. 1159. The future of slanglocked

  • Jonathon Green

Abstract

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’?

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