Slang and Sociability In-Group Language among College Students

ISBN-10: 0807845841
ISBN-13: 9780807845844
Edition: 2nd 1996
Authors: Connie Eble
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/29/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Slang is often seen as a lesser form of language, one that is simply not as meaningful or important as its 'regular' counterpart. Connie Eble refutes this notion as she reveals the sources, poetry, symbolism, and subtlety of informal slang expressions. InSlang and Sociability, Eble explores the words and phrases that American college students use casually among themselves. Based on more than 10,000 examples submitted by Eble's students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill over the last twenty years, the book shows that slang is dynamic vocabulary that cannot be dismissed as deviant or marginal. Like more formal words and phrases, slang is created, modified, and transmitted by its users to serve their own purposes. In the case of college students, these purposes include cementing group identity and opposing authority. The book includes a glossary of the more than 1,000 slang words and phrases discussed in the text, as well as a list of the 40 most enduring terms since 1972.

Connie Eble, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is author of College Slang 101.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Definition
Form
Meaning
Borrowing and Allusion
Use
Effects
Culture
Appendix 1. The Top Forty in Slang
Appendix 2. Slang Items with at Least One Synonym
Appendix 3. Some American College Slang circa 1900
Select Glossary of Student Slang
Notes
Works Cited
General Index
Index of Words, Expressions, and Affixes

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