chapter  18
New and Emergent Languages
ByKathleen C. Riley
Pages 15

Humans love to play with language. Re-arranging sound and sense, we pun and riff, alliterate and rhyme, as children playing house or as adults writing poems, ads, or chants. We create new codes (Pig latin, Esperanto . . . ) and mix old codes in new ways (Chinglish, Franglais . . . ). We craft new voices, styles, and registers, produce new genres, and construct new media for channeling our thoughts, emotions, and persuasions. Sometimes we transform language just for fun, sometimes our linguistic play has ulterior motives, and sometimes linguistic procreation erupts out of bare necessity.