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The Resource Strange vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English, Janet Sorensen

Strange vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English, Janet Sorensen

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Strange vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English
Title
Strange vernaculars
Title remainder
how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English
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Janet Sorensen
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Language
eng
Summary
"While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied--from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary to grammar and elocution books of the period--less well-known are the era's popular collections of odd slang, criminal argots, provincial dialects, and nautical jargon. Strange Vernaculars delves into how these published works presented the supposed lexicons of the "common people" and traces the ways that these languages, once shunned and associated with outsiders, became objects of fascination in printed glossaries--from The New Canting Dictionary to Francis Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue--and in novels, poems, and songs, including works by Daniel Defoe, John Gay, Samuel Richardson, Robert Burns, and others. Janet Sorensen argues that the recognition and recovery of outsider languages was part of a transition in the eighteenth century from an aristocratic, exclusive body politic to a British national community based on the rhetoric of inclusion and liberty, as well as the revaluing of a common British past. These representations of the vernacular made room for the "common people" within national culture, but only after representing their language as "strange." Such strange and estranged languages, even or especially in their obscurity, came to be claimed as British, making for complex imaginings of the nation and those who composed it..."--Dust jacket
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YDX
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Sorensen, Janet
Dewey number
422
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1574
LC item number
.S67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • English language
  • Englisch
  • Umgangssprache
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Strange vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English, Janet Sorensen
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-320) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "I do not like London or anything that is in it" : The provincial offensive
  • Provincial languages and a vernacular out of time
  • Part III. Wandering in place : Maritime language.
  • Our tars : Making maritime language English
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Wandering languages : From cant to slang.
  • Reappraising cant : "Caterpillars" and slaves
  • Daniel Defoe's novel languages
  • John Gay's overloaded languages
  • The gendered slang of century's end
  • Part II. The language of place : From "living" provincial languages to the language of the dead.
  • Provincial languages out of place
Control code
989793422
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 334 pages
Isbn
9780691169026
Lccn
2016955222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)989793422
Label
Strange vernaculars : how eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English, Janet Sorensen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-320) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "I do not like London or anything that is in it" : The provincial offensive
  • Provincial languages and a vernacular out of time
  • Part III. Wandering in place : Maritime language.
  • Our tars : Making maritime language English
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Wandering languages : From cant to slang.
  • Reappraising cant : "Caterpillars" and slaves
  • Daniel Defoe's novel languages
  • John Gay's overloaded languages
  • The gendered slang of century's end
  • Part II. The language of place : From "living" provincial languages to the language of the dead.
  • Provincial languages out of place
Control code
989793422
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 334 pages
Isbn
9780691169026
Lccn
2016955222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)989793422

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