which one of us is the evil twin
Are you sure you and Lacey aren’t long lost twins
no i am not sure
sad about robots: the blog, the lifestyle
hextraordinary asked: THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE BROUGHT ABOUT BY NEW WAYS OF CONVERSING MAKES ME ROCK HARD
As much as I love linguistic analysis of tumblr and internet language patterns, it gives me the twitch when people call it a new dialect.
I’ve always understood it as more of a register. Wikipedia defines register as “a variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.” Everyone has a bunch of registers they can slip in and out of according to situation — phone call register, boss register, good friends register, etc. Separate registers are characterized by differences in tone, word choice, formality, jargon/slang, and attention to grammar rules.
So, tumblr register is a variation of English that I use to talk on tumblr (and in person with anyone else who is also a full time internet) that has its own tone markers, swiftly evolving slang, and a very low attention to grammar rules. It’s pretty far on the intimate side of the intimate-formal scale. (Which is interesting given it’s such a public space.)
It’s cool to think that maybe the internet has shaped itself a whole new language, but I don’t really think that’s happening. I’d say that the technical language of a molecular biology paper is as different from standard english as tumblr’s in-group chatter, but nobody argues that there’s a dialect of stuffy academics. Both registers simply assume an intimate community with a lot of shared background knowledge, and speak accordingly.
i want to catch up on my dash but i also want to watch this tv series but i also want to listen to this playlist but i also want to read this fic but i also want to play this game
mission for holidays: wear pants as infrequently as possible
Oh dear, what’s review day?
it’s like an assessment/critique thing and they make us talk about our work and bluh i don’t wanna