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Dictionaries of Crime and Incarceration

Coleman Julie

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume IV: 1937-1984

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199567256
eISBN:
9780191595073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567256.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Lexicography

Unlike glossaries from earlier periods, these concentrate on the language used by criminals inside prison. Stripped of their glamour, criminals are revealed as either brutal and thuggish or deserving ... More


Humphry Tristram Potter

JULIE COLEMAN

in A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume II: 1785-1858

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199557103
eISBN:
9780191719882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557103.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Lexicography

This chapter looks at Humphry Tristram Potter's New Dictionary of all the Cant and Flash Languages (1795), which has a dishonest bibliography and a dubious biography. More than 80 per cent of the ... More


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