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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume IV: 1937-1984

Julie Coleman


Although there are continuities with earlier slang lexicography, particularly in the work of Eric Partridge, the period covered by this volume sees a number of marked social and lexicographical changes. The post-war cultural dominance of the United States is evident throughout, as is the influence of African‐American music and language. Slang dictionaries also document attempts by Britain and its colonies to (re)define their sense of national identity. Musical and cultural trends each produced their own characteristic slang, which was manipulated by commercial interests to target the youth mar ... More

Keywords: slang, dictionary, Britain, America, Australia, post‐war, popular music, gay rights, civil rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567256
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Coleman, author
Professor of English Language, University of Leicester
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