AOS 2 unit 3 journal. Mind your slanguage, and don’t be an erk. YOLO

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Title  Mind your slanguage, and don’t be an erk. YOLO
Date  29/3/2014
Author  Gary Nunn
Publication  The Guardian
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  • Slang enriches our language.
  • For the many slang words that are used today there are just as many that did not take off and were lost for “not being sufficiently cool”.
  • Tony Thorne believes slang is not substandard form of language but one that explores the technical potential of English language.
  • Many common words we use today were once slang words themselves. Such as “cool”, “laid back”, “biker” and “paranoid.”
  • Definitions of slang words change from country to country.
Feature of Language
  •  Neologisms
  • Informal Language
  • Jargon by youths
  • Slang language
Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.  The language features associated with jargon and slang also provide a powerful basis for inclusion and exclusion.

Informal language features such as slang and swearing patterns are particularly important in encouraging linguistic innovation and in-group membership.

Change in language use through the generations.

Features of language that contributes to a sense of individual identity and group membership.

My opinion on the Article’s comments.  Slang language is an important part of English. It helps to identify and promote in-group membership and is a natural part in language development. Many slang words become so popular that they are now considered apart of mainstream English. This will mean that in 40 years’ time some of the language that is currently only used by the younger generations will be used by everyone. Most of the current slang language though will not be able to make the jump into common use and may become archaic as has many others such as “rents”. Slang language does not need to be controlled or limited by older generations as it will be controlled and restricted by the younger generations as they create language that reflects their culture and generation.
Quotes  “Slang, considered objectively, is not a defective or substandard form of language, but one that creatively mobilises all the technical potential of the English language.”

“Those who sneer at the defacement of our language probably litter their sentences with old-school slang that was once considered intensely irritating yoof talk.”

“Slang differences are international as well as generational. “Butter(s)” means ugly in British Jafaican – but beautiful in American slang.”

“This printed record of youth diction reflects the current fears, anxieties, faults, quirks, wit and humour of an entire generation.”


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