Registration of argots.

Michael Everson
Thu Jan 2 18:13:49 CET 2003

At 17:57 -0900 2003-01-02, Sean M. Burke wrote:
>At 17:11 2003-01-02 +0000, Michael Everson wrote:
>>At 16:15 +0000 2003-01-02, Jon Hanna wrote:
>>>Can thieves' cants and similar slangs that deliberately redefine a languages
>>>lexicon be registered?
>>I doubt it.
>Why not?  Use your words!

Because the fundamental structure of the language is unchanged, and 
the number of lexical items changed would be rather small. This is 
not dialect -- it is poetry. Of a sort.
Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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