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I can haz language play: The construction of language and identity in LOLspeak

Gawne, Lauren; Vaughan, Jill


LOLspeak is a complex and systematic reimagining of the English language. It is most often associated with the popular, productive and long-lasting Internet meme ‘LOLcats’. This style of English is characterised by the simultaneous playful manipulation of multiple levels of language. Using community-generated web content as a corpus, we analyse some of the common language play strategies (Sherzer 2002) used in LOLspeak, which include morphological reanalysis, atypical sentence structure and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-10
Type: Conference paper


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