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Mobspeak: The Language of the Mafia

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Mobspeak is a language that grows out of secrecy, and who can be more secret than the Mafia? The anti-social nature of the Mob is the perfect breeding ground for an "Antilanguage," which is, according to M. A. K. Halliday, a language that develops out of an antisociety which stands as a mode of resistance' to the society within which it exists (Butler 1).

URL: http://www.arches.uga.edu/~bryan/papers/mafia.html

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Added: Jan 11 2004
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