Provost Professor & Chair, Dept. English Language & Literature | Indiana University at Bloomington

Culture in Hollywood: Redefining the Language of the Screenplay

Michael Adams is a historian of English and lexicographer who studies "marginal" vocabulary: slang, jargon, profanity, regional and social dialects, etc., always interested in why people talk the way they do and why others try to regulate their speech, whether in school, or media, or politics. Among other books, is the author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon (2003), Slang: The People’s Poetry (2009), From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages (2011), and In Praise of Profanity (2016), all published by Oxford University Press.


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