2020 Program Sessions

498. When Grendel Met Grumpy Cat: Historical Englishes on the Internet

12:00 PM–1:15 PM Jan 11, 2020 (US - Pacific)

WSCC - 619

Session Information

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