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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I
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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I: 1567-1784

Julie Coleman


This is the first volume in a complete history of the documentation of English cant and slang from 1567 to the present. It gives insights into the early history of slang, the people who used it, and how and why it was recorded. Well over a hundred glossaries of cant and slang were published between 1567 and 1784. The cant lists reveal the secret language allegedly used by thieves and beggars to conceal their illicit conspiracies: this book investigates where and how they were produced and the relationship between such lists and canting literature. The book considers why this period was so fasc ... More

Keywords: early history of slang, secret language, thieves, beggars, canting literature, criminals, contemporary cant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199557097
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Coleman, author
University of Leicester
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