Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 07:52:22 -0700 From: Peter Richardson Subject: Re: Queries: _Am. Tongues_ & Slang I'm using a slang project as one of many ways to get my freshman comp. students interested in language matters of all sorts this fall. They'll do the collection on campus, work up a reasonable, representative list, and make sure it's copy-edited to be submitted (or subjected) to the campus newspaper for publication. The project also includes some responsible dictionary work. I assume this is done at many campuses; perhaps if you get lots of responses to your query we could look into some national coordination. I recall that the Random House HDAS is pretty heavy on slang at the Univ. of Tennessee, presumably because that's where the informants were. As interesting as that is, maybe we could expand the sampling a wee bit. Peter Richardson