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ERIC Number: ED392251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Slang Is Not Novel.
Stalker, James C.
This paper describes how slang is not necessarily short-lived and novel. Users perceive these words, phrases, and meanings as new and they function as new, however, their novelty is only apparent rather than real. Data examined were gathered by students from fellow students at Michigan State University. Sources for comparison included the "Oxford English Dictionary,""The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang,""The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,""Slang and Its Analogues,""Slang and Unconventional English,""Slang is Not Novel," and "New Dictionary of American Slang." Three categories of slang were found: core slang, transient slang, and peripheral slang. Core slang is slang of long duration in time, transient slang is short lived and highly localized, and peripheral slang hovers between slang and informal discourse. Findings suggest that the novelty of slang is actually a pragmatic force, or that slang is a discourse marker that directs that some portion of the discourse be interpreted as informal and oral. It is concluded that slang is a marker for orality and informality, rather than novelty. (Contains 17 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Slang
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (Long Beach, CA, March 25-28, 1995).