• Valentina Lobanova
Keywords: Internet, sublanguage, LOL, spelling, syntactic structure, lexicon


The article deals with a relevant problem as the language of the Internet is becoming more and more influential. More and more texts are being written in some of Internet languages so the philologists have to pay attention to such sublinguistic forms however funny and stupid they may seem at first sight. The language of the Internet has been studied for a long time, anyway we consider that the analysis of peculiarities of the Internet language in connection with usual text is worth special attention. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the Lolspeak as a problem for linguistic study and to give special consideration to this type of the Internet slang from the point of view of its grammar and spelling. LOL is sort of a term which refers to a group of words named abbreviations or acronyms. It was used historically as a very restricted notion but appears to be widely used now practically in all other forms of computer-mediatedcommunication, in private correspondence and even in literature. A specific feature of lolcat style is the usage of lolcat images. These cats perform characteristically human actions or use various gadgets including computers. These texts emotion load is expressed by the capitalisation and exclamation, or by some means of creolized English. To summarize the linguistic peculiarities of lolspeak we enumerate them like this: a) spelling; b) syntax; c) lexicon. The article proved the existence of a specific sublanguage of contemporary English which has got the abbreviated name LOL. There are various deciphering and variants of this term. The Lolspeak seems to be spoiled or broken as it has a certain system of misspelling, extraordinary syntactic structure and new words. The necessity of LOL study is explained by its spread in colloquial correspondence and steady moving into many other language and speech layers. The prospects of the research are seen in defining the optimal way of translation of LOL texts.


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How to Cite
Lobanova, V. (2021). LOL AS A SPECIFIC LINGUISTIC PHENOMENON. Anglistics and Americanistics, 1(18), 45-50.