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A History of Cant and Slang DictionariesVolume IV: 1937-1984$
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Julie Coleman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567256.001.0001

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Dictionaries of Race and Music

Dictionaries of Race and Music

(p.200) Seven: Dictionaries of Race and Music
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Coleman Julie

Oxford University Press

Glossaries of African-American English began to appear between the wars. This period saw them take on a political function in the fight for civil rights and a practical role in attempts to improve educational levels in inner-city schools. Musicians' slang was heavily influenced by African-American slang, and musicians carried this slang into more general usage.

Keywords:   AAVE, African-American, rock and roll, jazz, jive, be-bop, blues, slang

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