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How do you haha? LOL through the ages

Collister, Lauren Brittany (2015) How do you haha? LOL through the ages. The Conversation.

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Sometimes deliberate, sometimes uncontrollable, we laugh out loud to signal our reaction to a range of occurrences, whether it’s a response to a joke we hear, an awkward encounter or an anxious situation. The way we laugh is, according to anthropologist Munro S Edmonson, a “signal of individuality.” And an outburst of laughter is an important enough part of communication that we represent it in text. In a recent The New Yorker article, Sarah Larson wrote about laughter in internet-based communication – the use of hahaha and hehehe, even the jovial hohoho. Larson writes, “The terms of e-laughter – ‘ha ha,’ ‘ho ho,’ ‘hee hee,’ ‘heh’ – are implicitly understood by just about everybody. But, in recent years, there’s been an increasingly popular newcomer: ‘hehe.’” However, even before texting and online chatting, textual representations of laughter – most of which have onomatopoeic forms – have appeared in writing since Chaucer’s time. Like all language, it has merely evolved with our culture and adapted to new technology, becoming in the process far more nuanced – much like the true “spoken” laughter it’s intended to represent.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Collister, Lauren Brittanylbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Date: 28 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: The Conversation
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: No
Official URL: https://theconversation.com/how-do-you-haha-lol-th...
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 16:43
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2018 13:57
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26287

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