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A History of Cant and Slang DictionariesVolume III: 1859-1936$
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Julie Coleman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549375.001.0001

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(p.395) Thirteen: Conclusion
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Julie Coleman (Contributor Webpage)

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The conclusion draws together trends observed in the dictionaries discussed, noting particularly the difference in perspective between British historical dictionaries and American contemporary dictionaries. In Britain, Australia, and the United States slang had a different social meaning, and this is reflected in the dictionaries. The Conclusion also summarizes developments in slang lexicography and looks forward to developments to be discussed in Volume IV of the series.

Keywords:   historical lexicography, slang lexicography, non-standard English, African-American English, American English, Australian English, British English

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