LINGUIST List 21.4202

Thu Oct 21 2010

Books: Historical Ling/Lexicography/Socioling: Coleman

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        1.     Jane Hamilton , A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volume IV: 1937-1984: Coleman

Message 1: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volume IV: 1937-1984: Coleman
Date: 19-Oct-2010
From: Jane Hamilton <>
Subject: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volume IV: 1937-1984: Coleman
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Title: A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Volume IV: 1937-1984 Series Title: A History Of Cant and Slang Dictionaries Published: 2010 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Julie Coleman Hardback: ISBN: 0199567255 9780199567256 Pages: 536 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

The starting date of the fourth volume of Julie Coleman's pioneeringhistory marks the appearance of the most influential slang dictionary ofthe twentieth century, Eric Partridge's Dictionary of Slang andUnconventional English, produced at a time when the Depression had brokendown traditional working-class communities; the United States was astill-reluctant world power; and another world war was inevitable. If theFirst World War unsettled combatants' minds, the second unsettled society.It challenged values around the world and, as the author shows, offered newopportunities for vibrant self-expression. Lexicographers recorded a richharvest of words and phrases from around the world, reflecting new-foundfreedoms from convention, increased social mobility, and the continued riseof the mass media. Julie Coleman's account ranges across theEnglish-speaking world. It will fascinate all those interested in slang andits reflections of social and cultural change.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Lexicography                             Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )

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