Students and The Language Of Deviance In The University Of Sierra Leone
This study investigates Fourah Bay College students’ use of jargons as a copying strategy in relation to the challenges they face in their learning environment. Halliday’s (1976) anti-language and Montgomery’s (1986) relexicalisation theories were used for the theoretical framework. The jargons that were collected were drawn from war, sport, and miscellaneous related areas. It was noticed that these jargons were mainly used by the subjects’ desire to conceal their youthful misdemeanours for fear of the consequences. Finally, some of these jargons have crept into mainstream English.