Ráfek (‘nark’) and cépézetka (‘clink’). Why Not informátor (‘informer’) and cela předběžného zadržení (‘police cell’)? The Function of Police Language from the Perspective of Its Users Cover Image
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Ráfek a cépézetka: Proč ne informátor a cela předběžného zadržení? Funkce policejní mluvy z pohledu jejích uživatelů
Ráfek (‘nark’) and cépézetka (‘clink’). Why Not informátor (‘informer’) and cela předběžného zadržení (‘police cell’)? The Function of Police Language from the Perspective of Its Users

Author(s): Lucie Radková
Subject(s): Pragmatics, Western Slavic Languages
Published by: Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: identification function;linguistic economy;cryptic function;police language;

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the results of a questionnaire-based survey conducted by the author. The respondents were elite detectives from the Czech Republic’s anti-corruption squad. The primary aim of the survey was to determine the function of the profession-specific language used by officers from this squad. The secondary aim was to either confirm or reject the hypothesis that the cryptic function of language plays an important role in these officers’ communication. The research found that the officers did not in fact use specific lexical items primarily in an attempt to conceal the meaning of their communication, rather, far more important factors were the principle of linguistic economy and the respondents’ desire to express their professional identity as members of the police force.

  • Issue Year: 101/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 17-27
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech