Barva, červeňák or paprika? The lexis of drug use in Czech Cover Image

Barva, červeňák či paprika? Lexikum užívané v drogovém prostředí
Barva, červeňák or paprika? The lexis of drug use in Czech

Author(s): Jana Rausová, Lucie Radková
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: AV ČR - Akademie věd České republiky - Ústav pro jazyk český
Keywords: cryptic function; language of drug users; sociolect; sociolectism; word-formation motivation

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this study is to explore a specific part of the Czech lexis – the lexical items used by individuals who have experience with drug use and abuse. The article attempts to offer an answer to the question of whether drug users, distributors and producers attempt to conceal the meaning of their communication due to the illegality of their activities. In order to gain a more specific insight into this general notion, the first part of the study explores the motivation of word-formation in two specific semantic fields – selected types of narcotic and psychoactive substances and production of one type of narcotic. The second part of the study then moves on to assess the answers to questions regarding the cryptic function of the language of drug users.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 11-20
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Czech