A STUDY OF INMATE ARGOT IN ROMANIAN PRISONS

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Lavinia NADRAG
Manuela STROESCU

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The lexis and structure of prison argot reflect the personalities of inmates who employthem, as well as the conflicts and tensions inherent in prison settings. It is shown in this article thatthe distinctiveness of prison argot is largely a product of the character of penal context. Its extent ofuse varies with the extent of penal discipline. Appreciation of this complex relationship mightfacilitate improved communication between prisoners and custodial authorities. In addition,knowledge of prison argot meanings has a potential to improve the management of prison-basedprograms and thus appears helpful in the complex process of prisoners' rehabilitation and socialreintegration.

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NADRAG, L., & STROESCU, M. (2010). A STUDY OF INMATE ARGOT IN ROMANIAN PRISONS. Comparative Legilinguistics, 4, 39-48. https://doi.org/10.14746/cl.2010.4.4
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