Expressive devices in the language of English- and Spanish-speaking youth

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Title: Expressive devices in the language of English- and Spanish-speaking youth
Authors: Rodríguez González, Félix | Stenström, Anna-Brita
Research Group/s: Lexicología y Lexicografía
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: English language | Spanish language | Slang | Youth language | Word-formation processes
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Citation: RODRÍGUEZ GONZÁLEZ, Félix; STENSTRÖM, Anna-Brita. “Expressive devices in the language of English- and Spanish-speaking youth”. Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. No. 24 (2011). ISSN 0214-4808, pp. 235-256
Abstract: The aim of this paper is threefold: first, to introduce the topic of youth slang by giving an overview of its main characteristics; second, to show the different word-formation processes that slang has to make the speaker’s message more expressive; and third, to study the extent to which these two aspects are reflected in two corpora representing London and Madrid youth language. The present study is based, primarily, on an inventory of the top ten ‘proper’ and ‘dirty’ slang words in each language variety with particular emphasis on the speakers’ age and gender, and, secondarily, on the entire corpus data, which showed great agreement with the features outlined in the overview of the main characteristics of youth slang, while the most obvious word-formation mechanisms turned out to be related to change of form and change of meaning.
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ISSN: 0214-4808 | 2171-861X (Internet)
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2011.24.10
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Appears in Collections:Revistas - Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses - 2011, No. 24
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