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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume II: 1785-1858

Julie Coleman


This book is the second volume of the history of the recording and uses of slang and criminal cant and takes the story from 1785 to 1858, and explores their manifestations in the United States and Australia. During this period, glossaries of cant were thrown into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which now covered a broad spectrum of non-standard English, including the language of thieves. This book shows how Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue revolutionized the lexicography of the underworld. It explores the compilation and content of the earliest Australian and American slang ... More

Keywords: United States, Australia, glossaries, cant, dictionaries, slang, non-standard English, criminal language, Francis Grose, James Hardy Vaux

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557103
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557103.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Coleman, author
University of Leicester
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