Description: Has Old English “gone viral”? The effects of social media on the English language have been noted in scholarly and popular conversations. Participants take a unique approach to this example of language change and respond to memes whose impact depends on puns and jokes written in historical varieties of the English language. Collectively, they will account for the mutually transformative relations between “Old Englishes” and new media.
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Mary Blockley, U of Texas, Austin
Daniel G. Donoghue, Harvard U
Robert D. Fulk, Indiana U, Bloomington
Sonja Lanehart, U of Texas, San Antonio
Seth Lerer, U of California, San Diego
Haruko Momma, New York U
Colette V. Moore, U of Washington, Seattle
Matthew C. Giancarlo, U of Kentucky