Sunday, January 15, 2017

language disruptors (3 links)

This reminded me of what I see on Tumblr:
"Criticizing teenage girls for the way they speak is nothing short of a time-honored tradition for adults who take issue with to everything from slang to vocal fry. But Quartz’s Gretchen McCulloch has a bone to pick with those critics.
She argues that female teenagers are actually “language disruptors” — innovators who invent new words that make their way into the vernacular.
--from "Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries", Smithsonian, 2015

Also from above article:
"William Shakespeare has long been seen as the poster boy for introducing new words into the English language, though some have questioned his celebrated language disruptor status."

From "Did William Shakespeare really invent all those words?":
This is like asking if Shakespeare stole his plots: whether or not he did (he did), it's not the key to his greatness: 
"And while new words and Shakespeare's clever turns of phrase delight us to this day, for Shapiro, even a single word can capture the imagination:
"When King Lear, holding his dead daughter Cordelia in his arms, says, 'Never, Never, Never, Never…'"
Also: "They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve", New York Times, 2012:
From Valley Girls to the Kardashians, young women have long been mocked for the way they talk.
Whether it be uptalk (pronouncing statements as if they were questions? Like this?), creating slang words like “bitchin’ ” and “ridic,” or the incessant use of “like” as a conversation filler, vocal trends associated with young women are often seen as markers of immaturity or even stupidity.
Related, but not:
This isn't about boys' & girls' language, it's about morning people and not-morning people.
I'm a morning person and I've had this conversation many times with other females who are not:

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