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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. Indicative between the gap between adults and kids but not Really it’s a way to cover up = almost code She regards slang as ****a crucial linguistic element for the creation and display of coolness, an  orientation to youth cultural trends. Such an orientation is a central value of all  forms of youth culture, and hence slang fulfills a unifying function for all  teenagers who strive for coolness, insofar as displaying knowledge of rapidly 
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Unformatted text preview: changing youth slang allows teenagers to bolster their credentials as individuals who are on top of trends Slang representing a language ideology we have to think about what it is representing it to be 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....
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