Wednesday, November 02, 2005
7h15 1z teh r0xx0r!!!!!!111!!!!one!!!!!!!!!1
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which sounded to me like a classical example of styleshifting (codeswitching?) to reference some sort of identity or language ideology, and it made me wonder how CMC scholars have looked at l337 using more than a purely descriptivist approach. it's a pretty loaded CMC-specific register (style? orthography? cyberlect?) and it's gone through a pretty interesting cycle of use over the years.
if anyone has seen any academic articles written on any facet of l337, or any thoughts or anecdotes or what have you, i'd love to hear them.
1) an intensifier (i.e. LOLOLOLOX1!!!11!)
2) as marker of sarcasm (he is the 133t football0xr)
i'm trying to think of how else it's used , but it's escaping me now. i see more of this on message boards than in chat, especailly in the community i'm looking at.
2. Why divide? Let's call it a "dialect." Let's be uniters.
3. Joshua, academic credibility went out the window with your "the hot harcore" headline. But 17 1z oK b3Kuz 1 11k3 r33dng 1337 3vn th0 1 5Uxxx @ r1tng 1t.
i'm not lashing out from bitterness about the hot hardcore thing, i swear. but it is interesting that l33t is rule governed enough that you can tell when its structure is compromised - kind of like seeing ungrammatical aave (i.e. he be leaving right now), but not reeeeally.
i think it's interesting that the use of l33t as an index of humor and parody is really the result of a massive resignification of the entire dialect - at one point it was a pretty functional anti-language, an in-group signifier like lauren mentioned. it was always kind of tongue-in-cheek, but the language ideologies and the contexts it's used in have changed pretty drastically in such a short time. i'm sure we're going to see that this quick turnover is representative of a lot of the language change going on around here.
i love this stuff.
Of course, l33t isn't ever going to get the insane amount of attention that linguists give to aave. If I have to sit through another session on aave I might claw my eyes out. ;)
this is pretty good. i was under the impression that 1337 was developed by a racist group for some purpose. i'm not sure where i heard that, but after doing a quick search, i couldn't find any reference. anyone know what i'm talking about?