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p. 947. Recording slanglocked

  • Jonathon Green


‘Recording slang’ considers the defining of slang terms, the spelling of slang, the dating of slang terms, and the pronunciation of slang. What does a slang term mean? The answer is often obvious, but not invariably. The same word can stand in for multiple meanings, some barely differentiated from others. The task of discerning these differences, of dividing them into senses is not helped, of course, by the core nature of the language under analysis. Slang is innately imprecise. Its use suggests fluidity and malleability. Spelling and pronunciation, also, are not really considered by slang’s speakers, but how is the word heard, how is it to be set down?

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