Global English Slang brings together nineteen
key international experts and provides a timely
and essential overview of English slang around
the world today.
The book illustrates the application of a range
of different methodologies to the study of
slang and demonstrates the interconnection
between the different sub-fields of
A key argument throughout is that slang is a
function played by specific words or phrases
rather than a characteristic inherent in the
words themselves- what is slang in one context
is not slang in another. The volume also
challenges received wisdom on the nature of
slang: that it is short-lived and that slang is
restricted to verbal language.