we have literally created our own dialogue? language? here on tumblr and i think that is the most amazing thing ever
please disregard my shitty editing skills
no listen this is actually really amazing because this is a real thing. i think this counts as a pidgin language. a pidgin language is basically a changed, simplified version of a language. you can change the spellings of words, pronunciation, grammar rules, or even make up new words. i think. i’d have to research it a bit more to be sure but i’m 90% sure this is right. if its not a pidgin language, then its a lingua franca but thats more used for trade and stuff like that. but still a new language. so yes, we’ve created our own language. we’ve changed the whole sentence structure. we can trail off sentences, say things like “i just cant”, and use words like ship, OTP, fic, fandom, feels, and ship names and everyone will understand what you’re saying. the part that i love most is how people go “OMGH IM CRIIY NIG SOIOO HARD” and understand each other. for example “IM LIUA GHMNIG”. that one was incredibly easy, but if you knew that said “I’m laughing”, congratulations. You speak a pidgin language. we can even say stuff like “Does anyone know of a Johnlock fic, at least 20k words, not a WIP, with no OCs, and is Post-Reichenbach? Or just a Destiel PWP would be great.” To someone not on tumblr, that wouldn’t make any sense. but you understood, didn’t you? One characteristic of a pidgin language is that you have to learn it like a second language. Another characteristic is that it is frequently changing. tumblr goes through many trends with how we talk. if i remember correctly, when i first made an account about two years ago, talking like this wasn’t quite as common. also, that thing of suddenly capitalizing your sentence is fairly recent. you know, when people go “the new epISODE IS TOMORROW”. Like one of the people up there said, all of this is awesome because how else do you easily show emotion and tone over the internet? we’ve even made a whole sense of humour that most people here share in. There’s so much more that I could talk about with this, but i’m tired and i may be entirely wrong about everything. but yes. people on the fandom side of tumblr who speak like this are speaking a new language
As a linguist, I’d like to clear up a few things about pidgins. Two things define pidgin languages: The first is that a pidgin is a merge of two or more languages, created in order to make communication possible in situations where people have no common languages (e.g. in certain trading situations, or places where people are just thrown together - plantations is the classic example). The second is that the grammar is simplified. You basically have no inflection whatsoever. Grammatical gender, case, moods, tenses - they go. You strip down the language to its basics, so that you can communicate because you have to communicate to trade or, in extreme cases, even survive. It is not a question of throwing in a few more words, dropping punctuation. It takes more than that to create a pidgin. Tumblr isn’t a linguistic community. We are constantly influenced by each other, yes, but our primary linguistic situation, the spoken one, is nothing like this. Also, if you give a piece of classic Tumblr text to someone who’s never heard of the website, they’re going to be able to understand it without any problem. It’s still English, only with some uncommon words (a lot of which aren’t new, like OTP, and the ones which are are possible to understand anyway, e.g. “feels”). It’s a style of writing, not a language, and most certainly not a pidgin.
Oh, my stars and garters!
i was teaching my grandma to use computer so we can talk on skype and such but today she went kinda mad at me because “i didnt show her the knitting programme” and i was like what
and it comes out she accidentally opened ms excel and found out its a great way to create knitting patterns
my grandma is 82