Date: Fri, 1 Apr 1994 09:23:20 CDT
From: Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]EXT.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: Private languages
I'm no expert but I can give some bibliographical information about
Boontling. Try California Folklore Quarterly [now Western Folklore]
vol. 1, no. 1 (January 1942), pp. 96-97. Charles C. Adams, Boontling:
An American Lingo: with a Dictionary of Boontling, University of Texas
Press, Austin, 1972. Lynwood Carranco and Wilma Rawles Simmons, "The
Boonville Language of Northern California," American Speech, 34:4
(December 1964), pp. 278-286. E. N. Anderson, Jr., "The Social
Context of a Local Lingo," Western Folklore, 29:3 (July 1970), pp.
153-165. Charles C. Adams also wrote a thesis entitled "Boontling:
Limited Language of Boonville, California and Its Environs." I think
it was at the University of Washington in 1967 and I believe it is
available from University Microfilms.
I have only seen reference to the following item but it sounds
interesting: Martha Strum, "A Case of Secret Language: the Benzorian
Language," Smith College Studies in Modern Languages, vol. 21, (1939)
Hope this is helpful.
robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ext.missouri.edu
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Subject: Private languages
Author: aallan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM at INTERNET-EXT
Date: 3/31/94 4:57 PM
Is anyone expert on private languages - e.g. Pig Latin, twin language,
Boontling, Cockney slang? Or are there any good studies of private languages,
especially the first two sorts?
Offhand I can't think of any, aside from routine mention in textbooks.
A reporter from New Jersey has inquired about this.
It revealed a gap in my knowledge. I said I'd ask around. (I see reporters
as opportunity, not nuisance. But that's another story.)
Thanks very much. Allan Metcalf AALLAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM