عنوان مقاله [English]
Due to dynamicity, short-livedness, and malleability of slang, investigations into this register could provide linguists with invaluable information. Despite its significance, the study of slang, especially the type used by adolescent Iranians, has not met with a warm reception. Drawing on a linguistic approach and identifying slang words employed by young adults, this study delved into the salient word-formation processes involved and the in-group formation function fulfilled by the register in the data collected. To this end, initially 119 informal words were spotted in the user comments of the news of Tarafdari sports online media within 1400-1401. To determine whether they can be counted slang, a continuous informal-formal scale was developed and distributed among a sample of 385 male and female native speakers within the age range of 15-29. The judgment based on the native speaker linguistic hunch subsequently yielded 63 words, which were then exposed to word-formation analysis. It was found, as far as the data of this study is concerned, slang used in the aforementioned social arena essentially fulfills an othering function through euphemism/weak dysphemism. In addition, Persian slang words are created through such word-formation processes as borrowing, analogy, and some types of reduction, including initialism and backformation.