Date: Fri, 1 Apr 1994 09:23:20 CDT From: Randy Roberts Subject: Re: Private languages Allan: 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) pp. 209-220. Hope this is helpful. Randy Roberts robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ 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