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Author Baker, Paul, 1972-
Title Polari-- the lost language of gay men / Paul Baker.
Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.

Author Baker, Paul, 1972-
Series Routledge studies in linguistics ; 1.
Routledge studies in linguistics ; 1.
Subject Polari.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- Language.
English language -- Great Britain -- Slang.
Description 1 online resource (215 pages) : illustrations.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-208) and index.
Note Description based upon online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed May 6, 2020).
Contents Book Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents
Summary Polari is a secret form of language mainly used by homosexual men in London and other cities during the twentieth century. Derived in part from the slang lexicons of numerous stigmatised and itinerant groups, Polari was also a means of socialising, acting out camp performances and reconstructing a shared gay identity and worldview among its speakers. This book examines the ways in which Polari was used in order to construct 'gay identities', linking its evolution to the changing status of gay men and lesbians in the UK over the past fifty years.
ISBN 020316704X electronic book
9780203167045 electronic book
9780415261807 HB ; alkaline paper
0415261805 HB ; alkaline paper
0415261805 hardcover
OCLC # 252915898
Additional Format Print version: Baker, Paul, 1972- Polari-- the lost language of gay men. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002 (DLC) 2002072634.

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