The recent, and as of yet still unexplained, cancellation of internet to my apartment has left me, Danielle and Fabio all connecting wirelessly to the router of a friend living above me. Since the connection in my apartment is strongest, our living situation has taken on a dorm-like feeling as we all huddle around the hot spot with our electronics trying to check our email and be productive; or, as is the case with Danielle and myself, be helplessly distracted by Facebook.
“Do you know her?” Danielle asked me, having just received yet another friend request from an unknown Turk.
“Nah, I don’t. Maybe she’s one of your students?”
Spending some quick time browsing through the girl’s photos, we quickly discovered three things: 1) she is indeed one of Danielle’s students, an extremely quiet one, 2) she loves hip-hop, 3) she and her friends comment on all her photos in an English that is more than a stone throw away from the norm, yet is completely understood amongst each other.
And bam!: we just stumbled upon the birth of a dialect of English. As used in linguistics, a ‘dialect’ is:
Say what you like about social media, but it certainly offers entire new ways to look upon linguistic development…
…Assuming you’re creepy enough to wade through strangers’ photos.
Some anonymous examples of the ‘new’ English:
“nyc1&gud eDiTiNg bro..!”
“Ufffffff ye killer look mere bhai ka”