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Autor/Author: Daniel Hromada
Nazov/Title: Small treatise concerning the evolutionary fight between ":)", ":-)" and "lol" allomemetic signifiants within the environement of kyberia.sk community
Popis/Comment: Memetics is a new science which is just establishing its relations with other sciences – we’ll glance over few of them. Since huge amount of entities which are called memes belongs also to the set of linguistic signes, it can be expected that the exchange between linguistics and memetics will be fecond. Thus we’ll use basic linguistic terminology, especially the lexicological notion of morpheme defined like « smallest unit having a meaning » as a source of metaphores which could be helpful in interpretation of phonemena which could be labeled as « m emetic » . By using this new heoretical
framework and by focusing only upon the relations among few «allomemes » used for expressing happiness or amusement, which are for example emoticons like :) , :) or a morpheme « lol » , we’ll try to offer to our reader an illustrous example of our « back to the signs » method which could possibly lead to the formalization of memetics, and thus to her firm establishement at the point of contact between natural and human sciences.
We’ll show, also, how the formal properties of a memesign – for example its length or the number of possible modalities of its expression influence its fitness, and thus its distribution in population of hosts.
Database of virtual community kyberia.sk (July 2006 dump) served us as the corpus.
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