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LINGUIST List 20.311

Sat Jan 31 2009

Books: Discipline of Ling/Lexicography: Coleman

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        1.    Elyse Turr, A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Coleman

Message 1: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Coleman
Date: 27-Jan-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Coleman
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Title: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries
Subtitle: Volume II: 1785-1858
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Julie Coleman
Paperback: ISBN: 0199557101 9780199557103 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 49.95

Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.

The publication of Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar
Tongue revolutionized the lexicography of non-standard English. His
influence is felt in most of the dictionaries covered in this volume which
copy, variously, his carefully documented reliance on written sources, his
delighted revelation of first-hand experience of the seedier side of London
life, and his word-list. During this period, glossaries of cant are thrown
into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which include the language of
thieves, but cover a much broader spectrum of non-standard English. While
cant represented a practical threat to property and life, slang was a moral
threat to the very structure of society. In the 1820s, Pierce Egan's Life
in London demonstrated how popular and successful slang literature could be
among the masses. This volume also includes the earliest Australian and
American slang glossaries, by individuals like James Hardy Vaux (a convict
transported three times) and George Matsell (New York's first chief of police).

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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