Slang and Social Identity Formation Language can have a variety of effects on our social lives. Language not only allows us to understand each other and the world around us, but it is vitally important in the creation and structure of society. For example, Marcel Danesi argues, “Without language, human societies, as we know them, would be vastly different and, likely, very similar to animal societies” ( Danesi 2008: 15). So language is vitally important in determining the nature of a society. Language is also vital in creating social categories and social identities (Malone 1997). One linguistic phenomenon that is vitally important in shaping social categories and social identities is slang. Slang is defined as, “Socially based variant of...The end:
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