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Title: Online dictionaries of English slang
Authors: Coleman, Julie M.
First Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Citation: Coleman, Julie. Online dictionaries of English slang in Timofeeva, Olga and Saily, Tanja (eds.) Words in Dictionaries and History. Essays in honour of R. W. McConchie, Copyright © 2011, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 109 - 128
Abstract: This paper presents a range of online dictionaries of English slang, and considers their search facilities, coverage and reliability, as well as practical factors involved in setting up and maintaining these resources. A selection of slang terms from Britain and the United States is used to explore gaps and trends in the dictionaries’ contents. The paper concludes by arguing that the best user-edited dictionaries have high editorial aspirations, and that even the worst can make a useful contribution to our knowledge of contemporary slang, which changes so quickly that a paper dictionary cannot possibly keep pace. Urban Dictionary undoubtedly has the most extensive coverage, but other sites challenge it in a number of respects.
Series/Report no.: Terminology and lexicography research and practice;14
DOI Link: 10.1075/tlrp.14
ISBN: 9789027223388
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Book chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2011, John Benjamins Publishing Company. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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