Slang and Social Divisions


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Slang and Social Divisions
The use of slang is a very important aspect of the study of language. Slang is much more than the “hip” language of the day (though it is also this). It is, in fact, part of a social process whereby groups within society distinguish themselves from each other. The use of slang is indicative of divisions within society that can be drawn along the lines of class, race, religion, and particularly generational differences. This essay explores the significance of the use of slang, arguing that slang represents an attempt on the part of often marginalized groups to differentiate themselves from the rest of society and to indicate their rejection of mainstream values. We will examine some specific examples of how slang...
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.....e of great importance in understanding some of the divisions within society, as these divisions become encoded in language. By studying how slang is used and who it is used by we can gain a greater understanding of subcultures and youth cultures, how they view themselves, and how their values differ from those of the rest of society.
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