n Lexikos - A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries [Volume I: 1567-1784; Volume II: 1785-1858; Volume III: 1859-1936; Volume IV: 1937-1984], Julie Coleman : book reviews




Now that four volumes of Julie Coleman's documentation of cant and slang dictionaries have appeared, it is a suitable time to consider them together to determine the way she researched their history and the way she presented the results.

The volumes are structured almost similarly, with small variations made necessary by the special requirements of the different periods. Important in the front matter is, except the Prefaces, the Introductions in which Coleman presents, apart from a brief summary of the contents of each volume, the time delimitation of the dictionaries she discusses and the objectives she set herself.


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