It takes about a generation for the language patterns started among young women to jump over to men. Uptalk, for example, which is associated with Valley Girls in the 1970s, is found among young men today. In other words, women learn language from their peers; men learn it from their mothers.The new language then misses a generation. The new words are passed on to the babies of the original girls.
So, I thought, if this is true, then Lolcat (2007) must have millions of young speakers. They learned it natively from 2007, making the youngest native speakers eight, and a large number of pidgin speakers between eight and fifteen. So what language are the teenage Lolcat speakers using?
It turns out the predictions are correct. Young people raised on Lolcat are modifying their native Lolcat speech and speaking Birb. It's even less like English than Lolcat. I can speak Birb easily enough, since I follow @ but its corollary Rate-my-reptile is a little tough to parse at first.
No problem. I can read it and sometimes write it. On the other hand, there are millions of people out there who purport to write English but don't know the difference between "lay" and "lie", which pisses me off a lot more.