Twitter Linguistics: A Study

Serena, Google Docs, Mar 07, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I hope that one day the author (apparently a high school student) gets appropriate credit for what is an insightful and clear study on five elements of Twitter linguistics: the keyboard smash, phrase capitalization, period insertion, excessively long ellipses, and comma ellipses. The author summarizes the study perfectly: " I would like to note in my analysis is simply how complicated many of these linguistic phenomena are... there might not be a definitive explanation at all to why certain slang works and why others do not... online linguistic phenomena are not simple blips. As seen from this survey, they are extremely complex signified meanings masked by extremely simple and elementary signifiers." See also: Dude srsly? and The Language of Twitter.

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