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Secret Languages

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Author(s): Abderrahim Youssi
1. Definition of secret languages Dissimulation, one of the current functions of language, is the process whereby communicants resort to various stratagems to conceal from outsiders the content of what are intended as private or restricted exchanges (slang; jargon). Effected through the use of secret languages, this function is performed, basically, in one of two ways: i.The use of foreign or minority languages, or the use of metaphorical speech (usually slang, argot, etc.); this type, which consists in referring to things by different names, may be called notional or semantic sec…
Date: 2018-04-01