A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume 2: 1785-1858

Hardcover | April 7, 2006

byJulie Coleman

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The second volume of Julie Coleman's fascinating and entertaining history of the uses and the recording of slang and criminal cant takes the story from 1785 to 1858 and explores its first manifestations in the USA and Australia. During this period glossaries of cant are thrown into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which now include the language of thieves and cover a broad spectrum of non-standard English. Cant represented a practical threat to life and property. Slang, the author reveals, was a threat to the moral coreof society, insidiously seductive to a wide section of the public. Julie Coleman shows how Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue revolutionised lexicography of non-standard English. She explores the earliest Australian and American slang glossaries, whose authors included the thrice-transported James Hardy Vaux and George Matsell, New York City's firstchief of police.

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The second volume of Julie Coleman's fascinating and entertaining history of the uses and the recording of slang and criminal cant takes the story from 1785 to 1858 and explores its first manifestations in the USA and Australia. During this period glossaries of cant are thrown into the shade by dictionaries of slang, which now include ...

Julie Coleman lectures on English Historical Linguistics and Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She has written widely on English lexicology and lexicography from the medieval period onwards, and is founder and current chair of the International Society for Historical Lexicography and Lexicology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.96 inPublished:April 7, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199254702

ISBN - 13:9780199254705

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Table of Contents

1. Francis Grose2. Dictionaries Based on Grose's3. Humphry Tristram Potter4. James Hardy Vaux5. Pierce Egan6. John Bee7. Minor British Cant and Slang Lists8. Some American Cant and Slang Lists9. College Dictionaries10. Conclusions