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1. Definition and name

‘Jargon’ may be broadly defined as “the modifications that a socioprofessional group brings to the national language (especially in vocabulary and pronunciation)” (Ducrot and Todorov 1979:59). These modifications appear to arise from the particular or specific nature of the topic, the need for group members not to be understood by others, or the wish to identify the group as somehow different (Ducrot and Todorov 1979:59). Jargon thus includes technical …

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Elizabeth M. Bergman, “Jargon”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0060>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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