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Title: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries (Vol III)
Subtitle: Volume III: 1859-1936
Written By: Julie Coleman
Description:

This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of
English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and
scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK,
the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication
of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the
distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts,
regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases
and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast
light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and
Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers
fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of
the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those
attending American colleges and British public schools.

The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this
book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists,
psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a
serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's
Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie.

Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime,
poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199549370
ISBN-13: 9780199549375
Pages: 520
Prices: U.S. $ 140.00