UNO's slang study
The pilot study
The pilot study is part of a larger investigation of teenage slang, which
will be carried out in the Nordic countries.
The questionnaire for the pilot study was made by professor Ulla-Britt
The results from the pilot study were used as a background for the development
of the main slang study.
The pilot study was carried out in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland
during January-February 1997. The questionaires were handed out in several
classes in their 9th and 11th school year (pupils aged 14-16 and 17-19).
The pupils were asked to give synonyms for a number of words, such as "stupid",
"girl", "boy", "drunk", "money". Furthermore, they were asked to provide
some information about themselves, such as sex, age, place of residence,
first language, etc.
The study was carried out in a school lesson (45 min.).
The material has been entered in a database and analyzed.
The main slang study
The questionaire for the main slang study has been made by Ulla-Britt Kotsinas
on the basis of the results from the pilot study.
The questionaire contains 55 words, for which the pupils are asked to provide
synonyms. The words have been selected using the following criteria:
words that provided a large number of answers in the pilot study
words that provided English synonyms in the pilot study
"dirty" words, because these are generally known to provide a number of
The slang study was carried out during spring and fall 1997.
Slang investigations in the individual Nordic countries
Last updated: 18 May 1999 by Britt