Such New School. Next Gen Internet Language. Wow.

Schönes Posting von Linguistin Gretchen McCulloch, die ausgehend von der Doge-Meme Newschool-Webspeak untersucht. Im Gegensatz zu LOLCats oder 1337speak, die vor allem syntaktische Sprachmutation betreiben („HAZ“, „1337“), greift die Doge-Meme sprachlich korrekter in Grammatik ein und stellt da eigene Regeln auf („Such X. Wow.“) Netzsprache geht also von beinahe schon grafischen („H4X0R“), einfachen Syntax-Spielereien weg, wird gleichzeitig „komplexer“ und erwachsener, sort of. Wow, such interesting.

The second factor that goes into doge is the general principle of internet language these days that the more overwhelmed with emotions you are, the less sensical your sentence structure gets, which I’ve described elsewhere as “stylized verbal incoherence mirroring emotional incoherence” and which leads us to expressions like “feels,” “I can’t even/I’ve lost the ability to can,” and “because reasons.” Contrast this with first-generation internet language, demonstrated by LOLcat or 1337speak, and in general characterized by abbreviations containing numbers and single letters, often in caps (C U L8R), smilies containing noses, and words containing deliberate misspellings. We’ve now moved on: broadly speaking, second-generation internet language plays with grammar instead of spelling. If you’re a doomsayer, the innovative syntax is one more thing to throw up your hands about, but compared to a decade or two ago, the spelling has gotten shockingly conventional.

In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language. We’ve kept the idea that animals speak like an exaggerated version of an internet-savvy human, but as our definitions of what it means to be a human on the internet have changed, so too have the voices that we give our animals. Wow.

A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow. (via Bruce Sterling)

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