slang study essay

slang study essay - J 1 Language between Generations P a g...

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J Language between Generations Slang has been extant in language for numerous generations. Valuable in defining various groups by age, sex, race, even location, slang is the continual and ever-changing use and definition of words in informal conversation, often applying references as a means of comparison or showing likeness. Some modern slang has endured over the decades since its inception, and some will only last a few years before being rendered obsolete or outdated. Human language has been in a state of constant reinvention for centuries, and slang has been used and created by writers and journalists of all sorts. It is the right and responsibility of the newest generations to keep re-evaluating language, to give dead words innovative contemporary meanings or to simply invent new ones, in order to be more appealing and representative to speakers and listeners. It can be born from any number of situations, and its employment is frequently judged by groups from outside its particular region of use, but it also allows people to recognize its users in multiple ways, and contributes to identity. Nevertheless, attitudes have arisen from particular generations about the use and meaning of slang words in the current generation. Thus, a survey study was conducted in order to examine these attitudes and perceptions within females and males of contrasting age groups that have lived in California for more than ten years. This limiting factor was included to ensure that they
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course LING 115g taught by Professor Silva-corvalan during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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