You can haz Linguistic Study of LOLSpeak

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Sehr schön: Jordan Lefler hat eine Master-Thesis über LOLSpeak an der University of Louisiana eingereicht. Hier das komplette Kapitel „Recurring Syntactic Features“, das komplette PDF gibt's hier (6,8MB). (via Netzpolitik)

5.1 {subject} + (can) + (has) + [noun phrase] + (?)
The structure of the very first Lolspeak text provides the template for one of many Lolspeak formulas. Though no other instances of this formula appeared in my data, many cat macros can be found on during 2007-2008 to illustrate this structure. From those sentences, I‟ve derived the following formula: {subject} + (can) + (has) + [noun phrase] + (?)

Although the punctuation indicates that it is a question, the auxiliary “can” is not fronted at the beginning of the sentence as it would be in a question in standard English. Only the presence of the question mark gives indication that this sentence is interrogative. As other forms of English do not put this much pressure on punctuation, this brings up questions about how Lolspeak uses punctuation that may differ from that of standard English. phrase. This variation, shown in #87 and #92 of my data, set has become more popular and widely used than the format it came from, as can be seen on This may be due to the noun-fronted variation being less common in standardized English sentences.

5.2 {subject} + (has) + (a) + [noun phrase]
There is also a declarative format, which is expressed as: {subject} + (has) + (a) + [noun phrase]. This declarative format shown in Appendix A, #19 in my data. Here, no punctuation is needed, and the format is acceptable as standard English.

5.3 [noun phrase] + {subject} + (has) + {pronoun}
From this format, a variation has evolved that fronts and emphasizes the noun phrase. This variation, shown in #87 and #92 of my data, set has become more popular and widely used than the format it came from, as can be seen on This may be due to the noun-fronted variation being less common in standardized English sentences.

5.4 (I’m) + (in) + [determiner phrase]+ {verb present progressive} + [determiner phrase]
Another popular Lolspeak sentence formula is “I‟m in ur _______, ________ing ur _______.” This sentence formula seen in #17 in my data set. According to, this formula actually predates Lolspeak (see below).

It was originally a phrase used by Starcraft computer game players to insinuate they had just embarrassed a player without that player‟s prior knowledge of said embarrassment: I‟m in your base, killing your dudes (“In Ur Base” 2009). Starcraft is a computer game set in the distant future in which players control armies to defend their bases and to kill other player‟s armies, or in this case, dudes (Dulin “Starcraft Review, Starcraft PC Review" 1998).So here, it seems that, throughout English, Lolspeakers assimilate things they find interesting into Lolspeak. It is possible that these Starcraft players thought their in-group gaming language might fit well in cat macros, or someone else thought the Starcraft players needed to share the phrase. Also worthy to note is that this formula has been brought into commercial culture by being printed on a shirt. The shirt has blank white spaces for the parts of speech, showing the versatility of the formula, and the extent to which it has been made available to wider audiences (See Appendix C, #17). Perhaps the repetitive use of these sentence structures was to create solidarity through the language play in this community. Though, it could be unintentional. Either way, there are noticeable syntactic relationships.

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