Masters of Slang: Argotica 2016
Организаторы: Online Journal ARGOTICA
The use of slang in daily conversation, in the media and in arts, especially in literature, music and cinema, favoured the belief that slang is a reflection of linguistic craft. Interpreted as colourful, subversive and figurative, slang was understood as the creation of certain groups of speakers, but it was also exposed as the expression of a crude, violent and dark view upon reality. Regardless of the attitudes towards slang, it is undeniable that the life of slang obeys the same rules as the life of language, in general.
This issue of Argotica is dedicated to the artisans of slang. We will refer to the authors who capitalized on the aesthetic virtues of slang (poets, novelists, reporters, lyricists, screenwriters and so on) as well as to the scholars who dedicated their efforts to the study of slang and, as such, drew the attention to less known aspects of slang formation and use.
Under the topic “Masters of slang,” we welcome contributions guided by two coordinates:
1. Poetics of slang. This coordinate outlines the use of slang in the media and in verbal arts, be they works of literature, lyrics, scripts or plays. The aim of this approach is to reveal the expressive and persuasive effects of slang use.
2. Slang studies today and yesterday. This coordinate highlights the influential scientific models in slang research. The works of scholars such as Alfredo NICEFORO, Jean GRAVEN, Lazăr ŞĂINEANU, Iorgu IORDAN, Alexandru GRAUR, Albert DAUZAT, Gaston ESNAULT, Pierre GUIRAUD, Louis-Jean CALVET, Jean-Paul COLIN, Jean-Pierre GOUDAILLIER, Eric PARTRIDGE, David W. MAURER, Jonathon GREEN, Julie COLEMAN, and others established the study of slang as an autonomous branch of science at the crossroads of psychology, sociology and linguistics. To revisit these works means to honour their authors and to ponder on the interdisciplinary nature of slang studies.