McKenna Pricing, Speak for yourself: The problem of linguistic discrimination (via unbreakablevegan)
Lexicographer Erin McKean has a quote to similar effect about words that aren’t in the dictionary.(via allthingslinguistic)
|do you even care about grammar||◤||
grammar and spelling are really important to me. I actually study grammar and spelling in typing styles. It’s not important to me as “WOW THEY SPELLED A WORD WRONG” or “WOW THEY USED THE WRONG YOUR” but rather I look for repeating themes in typing styles and can link that to a grapholect–or an internet dialect/register [typing styles unique to certain parts of the internet]
For instance a common grapholect is the doge meme speak shit.
"Much grammar, so spelling, very grapholect. wow"
thats a very specific and deliberate way of typing. There is a correct way to type in this grapholect and an incorrect way to type in this grapholect, and I think that’s fucking cool.
How about we look at language rapidly evolving–due to constant need to type and communicate via text, and stop clinging to classist/ableist/racist/sexist/etc. old white guy’s language wet dream.
Best response to grammar police ever.
yesss descriptive linguistssssss
Linguistics, Victoria University of Wellington
Jensen Ackles is gross: ironically abusive appreciation on Tumblr.
If you have any doubt that the hashtag is a frighteningly powerful tool in our modern vocabulary, imagine a person you care about texting you that song’s title line out of the blue: “You’re beautiful.” Now think of the same person texting, “You’re #beautiful.” The second one is jokey, ironic, distant—and hey, maybe that’s what that person was going for. But it also hammers home that point that the internet too often asserts: You’re not as original as you once thought. “Beautiful” is analog, unquantifiable, one-in-a-million. #Beautiful, on the other hand, is crowded terrain. Ten more people have just tweeted about something or someone #beautiful since you started reading this sentence.
As more and more of our daily interactions become text-based — people preferring texting to phone calls, workplaces that rely heavily email and instant messaging—we’re developing ways to stretch our written language so it can communicate more nuance, so we can tell people what we mean without accidentally leading them on or pissing them off. Periods have becomemore forceful, commas less essential, and over the last few years, the hashtag has morphed into something resembling the fabled sarcasm font—the official keystroke of irony. Putting a hashtag in front of something you text, email, or IM to someone is a sly way of saying “I’m joking,” or maybe more accurately, “I mean this and I don’t at the same time.”"
Thanks to Twitter, the hashtag has become an important linguistic shortcut. But while everyone from Robin Thicke to Beyoncé has used the symbol as part of their art, only a few have truly taken advantage of its culture-jamming possibilities.
The development of social media communication as a new body of data study is a rapidly growing field of linguistic study. With each site having its own unique vocabulary, slang, and grammatical structures, it provides an endless amount of information on how we communicate with one another in our increasingly digital world!
(Fun Fact: Ever wonder why the hashtag is never refered to as the poundtag or numbertag? The term derives its name from the UK term for the ‘#’ symbol, the geographic area in which the hashtag was first used in a social media context.)
the word ‘phonetically’ doesn’t even start with an f. shit like this is why aliens fly straight past us
So you know how every language has that word/phrase/sentence that native speakers can pronounce just fine, but foreigners can almost never pronounce it correctly? And the natives have a lot of fun telling the foreigners to try and say it and laughing at their attempts?
Some of them are ridiculous, I can’t stop reading this article.