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Словообразование русского студенческого жаргонa
Word formation in Russian student slang

Author(s): Jan Sosnowski
Subject(s): Sociolinguistics, Eastern Slavic Languages
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: slang; Russian student slang; word formation; wordplay;

Summary/Abstract: Slang is defined here as a language variety used predominantly in spoken discourse by a social group sharing interests, whose members are unified by position within society and possibly age.The paper analyses word formation rules of contemporary Russian student slang. The corpus is made up of youth slang dictionary entries, including student slang, internet fora for students as well as questionnaires sent out to students.Productive word formation rules in Russian student slang include: morphological (e.g. abbreviation root word shortening), metaphorisation and loan words; phonetic mimicry also plays a significant role. Students tend to engage in wordplay and create puns freely. Their language is witty and expressive.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 93-110
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Russian