The Soldier's Language

@article{Elkin1946TheSL,
  title={The Soldier's Language},
  author={Frederick Elkin},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1946},
  volume={51},
  pages={414 - 422}
}
  • F. Elkin
  • Published 1 March 1946
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
Popular works by stressing uncommonly used "substitute expressions" and by omitting profanity give a false picture of the soldier's language. The language, assumed to be functional, is unconsciously learned and changes to befit new experiences and thus is valuable as source material for studying the soldier's adjustment. The language reflects (1) the soldier's self-image of solidarity, freedom from social restraint, and strength and (2) his attitude to authority. The expressions indicate that… 
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