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Argotica 2016 : Masters of Slang


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Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2016
Notification Due Sep 15, 2016
Final Version Due Dec 30, 2016
Categories    (socio)linguistics   slang   literature   language(s)

Call For Papers

Online Journal ARGOTICA, No 1(5)/2016
ISSN: 2286-3893

Masters of Slang

The use of slang in daily conversation, in the media and in arts, especially in literature, music and cinema, favoured the belief that slang is a reflection of linguistic craft. Interpreted as colourful, subversive and figurative, slang was understood as the creation of certain groups of speakers, but it was also exposed as the expression of a crude, violent and dark view upon reality. Regardless of the attitudes towards slang, it is undeniable that the life of slang obeys the same rules as the life of language, in general.

This issue of Argotica is dedicated to the artisans of slang. We will refer to the authors who capitalized on the aesthetic virtues of slang (poets, novelists, reporters, lyricists, screenwriters and so on) as well as to the scholars who dedicated their efforts to the study of slang and, as such, drew the attention to less known aspects of slang formation and use.

Under the topic “Masters of slang,” we welcome contributions guided by two coordinates:

1. Poetics of slang. This coordinate outlines the use of slang in the media and in verbal arts, be they works of literature, lyrics, scripts or plays. The aim of this approach is to reveal the expressive and persuasive effects of slang use.

2. Slang studies today and yesterday. This coordinate highlights the influential scientific models in slang research. The works of scholars such as Alfredo NICEFORO, Jean GRAVEN, Lazăr ŞĂINEANU, Iorgu IORDAN, Alexandru GRAUR, Albert DAUZAT, Gaston ESNAULT, Pierre GUIRAUD, Louis-Jean CALVET, Jean-Paul COLIN, Jean-Pierre GOUDAILLIER, Eric PARTRIDGE, David W. MAURER, Jonathon GREEN, Julie COLEMAN, and others established the study of slang as an autonomous branch of science at the crossroads of psychology, sociology and linguistics. To revisit these works means to honour their authors and to ponder on the interdisciplinary nature of slang studies.

In our view, the scope of the suggested topic allows for original contributions that mirror the specific dynamics of the language practices generally falling under the name of SLANG.


- September 1, 2016: proposal submission;
- September 15, 2016: proposal evaluation and notification to authors;
- December 4, 2016: article submission;
- December 30, 2016: deadline for the submission of articles that needed changes;
- January, 2017: online publication.

Instructions for proposals:

- The name and surname of the author;
- Affiliation (university/institution, faculty, department, research team, etc.);
- Title of the proposal;
- Abstract (200-250 words);
- 3-5 keywords;
- Bibliography (five titles).

Proposals are submitted to:

Ioan MILICĂ, Issue editor (for the proposals in English and Romanian):

Laurențiu BĂLĂ (for proposals in French, Italian and Spanish):

Journal website: (

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