Linguistic Identity of Eternalists

It is widely accepted that a person's choice of language reveals a deep association with the way they perceive their own identity.

My (2069) study into the Linguistic Identity of Eternalists found that participants who underwent the change prior to 2064 were significantly more likely to use language in ways similar to non-Immortals who were adolescents in the year of the Eternalist's change.

For example:
Participant Pseudonym: John Smith
Birth-year: 2014
Change-Year: 2046
Age at change: 32
Total age: 55
Years as Immortal: 23

John Smith's lexicon, syntax and spelling is significantly similar to the informal language use of non-Immortals currently in their mid to late thirties (i.e. born 2028-2033).

Lexical tems that show the greatest correlation between Smith and the non-Immortal participants include items relating to technology, food, and humorous references to (particularly devastating) events that occured between 2041-2051 - five years each side of his change-year – (e.g. Dolphin Wars and Scientific Decay). By contrast, non-Immortals born 2012-2016 make similar references to events and personalities prominent between 2022-2036 (e.g. Empress of Blandings, the Osaka Stockmarket Crash, and motor sports accidents).

Smiths’ spelling errors and conventions are congruent with those widely accepted by users of technologically mediated communication channels of the late 2040s.

- Anthea Johnston

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