Linguistics Events

Feb 13

Linguistics Colloquium by Maria Heath

NO NEED TO YELL: Understanding all caps and other social media orthography

Thursday, February 13th, 2020
4:00 – 5:00 pm / Leighton 330

What does it mean when people write in non-standard ways on social media? This talk will examine how writing in all caps (as well as several other orthographic patterns) can be used to convey tone of voice and other prosodic information, an adaptation that allows us to be more expressive now that so much interpersonal communication is done through writing. From looooong words to mOcKiNg SpOnGeBoB, innovative orthography helps the little voice in our heads do the prosodic work of better understanding text. 

Maria Heath, Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics, University of Minnesota

Sponsored by Linguistics. Contact: Lisa Falconer