‘The’ Paper: The Definite Article in American English Slang
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This is a paper on American slang by Eric H. Davis for Professor Pamela Munro's Linguistics 195 course at UCLA. From the text:
My purpose in this paper is not to discuss the difference in slang between today’s young adults and adults from an older generation. Rather, I will attempt to analyze non-referential definites in a slang context (i.e., the use of ‘the’ in “the dank ass shit”). I will begin with a definition of slang and then consider why it should be studied.