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Stephanie Cook 3/5 Bucholtz, “Word Up: Social Meanings of Slang” (243-267) Questions for Bucholz What is Bucholz’s definition of slang? -One way of using language to construct identity. -Fundamental characteristics of slang: a generation-specific colloquial lexicon, often associated with taboo topics, that is creative and rapidly changing. How does she broaden the definition of slang, away from kids just using it to separate themselves from adults? -The characteristics of slang invoked within the exchange operate here as a set of language ideologies, or social meanings assigned to language and its users, often in ways that grant greater power to some sort of language users and less to others. With the terms related to being stoned getting high. Representation of slang as a unifying practice that consolidates youth identity in opposition to adults. What is a language ideology? Not primarily about language. They are in the service of other, more basic, ideological systems-concerning race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, and other aspects
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