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Name: A Linguist Explains the Grammar of Doge. Wow.
Date: February 6th 2014
Author: Gretchen McCulloch

Key Ideas:

  • ‘doge speak’ is used mainly on a picture of a Shibe Inu, a type of Japanese dog.
  • It is constructed of something the author calls ‘doge phrases’ In these phrases, the shortest possible form of the word is used, meaning no suffixes. Eg. amazing = amaze
  • adjectives are modified to make shortened sentences
Language Features: Phrases, Shortened Sentences, Alliteration, minimal utterances, doge phrases
Course Aspects: Unit 3: AoS 1: Informal Language - Spoken & Written, key linguistic concepts, nature features and functions of informal written texts.

Personal Opinion: I think that the doge speak is interesting, as it uses broken English, and doesn’t need to complete a sentence to show what it is saying. I believe that it should mainly be used for comedic purposes though, if this was used as a main language (which it probably already is somewhere) it could become more of a wide-spread change for the English language, and it might not be a good thing.

  • “In this sense, doge really is the next generation of LOLcat, in terms of a pet-based snapshot of a certain era in internet language.”
  • “Doge speak is clearly composed of subunits which are divided by a period in running text, which I’m going to call doge phrases.”

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