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22: Michael Adams - Slayer Slang

Author: Michael Adams
Title: Slayer Slang
Genre: Linguistics
Published: Oxford University Press, 2003
Pages: 308
Purchased: gift from employers, 2004-03-12, price unknown
ISBN: 0-19-516033-9 (HB)

Yes, this is a serious scholarly work on the use of language, most particularly slang, in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer fictions.

At least, the first 125 pages are - the remainder is the glossary (listing all the terms which Adams found worth mentioning) and the index. It's no light reading, but it's quite interesting. However, I must pick two nits.

Firstly, he considers the BTVS newsgroups to be a source. This may be marginally justifiable if he's looking to document speech patterns of a community, but newsgroups are ephemeral and virtual, and I really don't believe that the participants use those speech patterns elsewhere.

Secondly, he stretches too much. Although some words are indeed fresh coinings, or fresh usages, I'd like to point out that 'stripy' is in the dictionary (even in the spell checker used for this post) and is not being used in any way differently from its normal usage.

So, an interesting gift, but probably not for those not already interested in the Buffyverse and linguistics. I must admit it was an unexpected gift.

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