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By Maciej Widawski

ISBN-10: 1107074177

ISBN-13: 9781107074170

During this pioneering exploration of African American slang - a hugely casual vocabulary and an important point of African American English - Maciej Widawski explores styles of shape, which means, subject and serve as, displaying it to be a rule-governed, leading edge and culturally revealing vernacular. Widawski's entire description is predicated on a wide database of contextual citations from hundreds of thousands of up to date resources, together with literature and the clicking, song, movie and tv. it is also an alphabetical thesaurus of 1,500 consultant slang expressions, outlined and illustrated by way of 4,500 utilization examples. because of its tremendous measurement, the word list can stand by myself as a dictionary delivering readers with a competent reference of phrases. Combining scholarship with user-friendliness, this e-book is an insightful and sensible source for college kids and researchers in linguistics and common readers drawn to exploring lexical version in modern English.

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One of the reasons may be its tendency for emotive expression and exaggeration. This is because phrases are very effective in translating even the most complex meanings into visual images. Another reason may be their rhythmic qualities, which are highly valued in African American slang. Phrases can be divided into several types. In African American slang, one of the most productive phrase patterns involves a combination of verbs and other parts of speech, especially nouns, which are sometimes accompanied by prepositions.

In terms of sheer numbers, there were almost 15,000 citations of African American slang collected in the original database. Of this number, roughly one-third was selected as material for analysis and illustration, and is featured in the book as follows: 1,000 citations are located in the main text while a further 4,500 citations are listed in the Glossary. The Glossary itself is composed of 1,500 expressions drawn from these citations. Naturally, compared with larger electronic corpora such as American National Corpus, this is a rather modest collection.

Since this book advocates the descriptive rather than the prescriptive view on language, it records language as it is actually used rather than as it should be used. This also pertains to offensive and vulgar expressions. Accordingly, no expression was excluded from this book because it might be considered a racial, ethnic, sexual or other epithet, or because it is vulgarism involving taboo subjects like body, scatology, sex or the like. ” Consequently, this book does contain a certain number of expressions which are offensive or vulgar; however, all of them are appropriately identified and labeled in the Glossary.

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