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As you prepare for the final exam in Engl 170 (my section, anyway), ask yourself how you might connect this analysis of LOLspeak to some of the things we read and discussed this semester.

For starters,

It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr. "If they would only purr for 'yes' and mew for 'no,' or any rule of that sort," she had said, "so that one could keep up a conversation! But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?"

On this occasion the kitten only purred: and it was impossible to guess whether it meant "yes" or "no."

(Through the Looking-Glass, Chapter 12)

But this little talk has more in common with our semester's work than an interest in how cats speak. Here's a short list of ideas/phrases in the talk that you should try to link to our reading and discussions:

  • language play
  • communities of practice
  • genre
  • identity

Here's a thought: why not help each other study by clicking the title of this blogpost and using "Add Comment" to exchange ideas about how the talk is relevant to our conversations this semester?

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  1. Unknown User (rgg2)

    No comments!! Well, I know we're all busy studying for finals, and this is probably going to be a short comment, but I am glad that I took the time to watch this video. I am a fan of lolcats and I have been a user of icanhascheezburger for a long time. I never really thought about it beyond just being funny and cute, but they made a pretty good case for it being a form of language play. There is a lot of language play in the Alice books, and one thing in particular that comes to mind is the when Alice asks Humpty Dumpty to interpret the Jabberwocky poem for her. I think that the sort of "translation" that Humpty Dumpty did for Alice is similar to what the speaker in the video was doing for her audience. Of course, lolspeak is probably not as hard to understand for most people as the Jabberwocky poem, but I thought there was a sort of connection.

    I thought this was pretty clever....