May 12, 2007

L337 Katz0rz

On the LSL ("Lol-kitteh as a second language") front, I've been remiss in not drawing your attention to "A special in-depth analysis by David McRaney - L337 Katz0rz", ICHC, 9/8/2007. Mr. McRaney presents a serious historical analysis with many illustrations and even a meme-flow diagram:

It is no criticism of this magnificent piece of scholarship to suggest that there is still room for an analysis of the morpho-syntactic, phonological and orthographic patterns involved. And on the sociolinguistic front, the issue of contact with baby talk remains largely unexplored.

[Hat tip: Nancy Wright]

Posted by Mark Liberman at May 12, 2007 11:39 AM