A Socio-academic Reflection of College student's slang Expressions

Emmanuel Ilonga


This paper sought to contribute knowledge to the field of sociolinguistics
(register). It specifically identified and categorised slang expressions used by
the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) students studying
Bachelor Degree of Arts with Education (BAED) and Bachelor Degree of
Education (BED) in day􀂲to􀂲day socio-academic interactions. Data were
collected through questionnaire from forty (40) students. The slang expressions
were categorised in respect to the meanings/interpretations expressed by the
respondents. The categories include slang expressions associated with
academics, food and drinks, money, body shapes/parts, people and studying
areas. It is concluded that the application of slang expressions motivates DUCE
􀁖􀁗􀁘􀁇􀁈􀁑􀁗􀁖􀂷􀀃 􀁖􀁒􀁆􀁌􀁒-academic interactions as well as strengthening their
relationships and bring forth a sense of belongingness.
Key words: College students, socio-academic interactions, slang expressions

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