As a matter of fact, in this work I examine hashtags as 'linguistic items' produced through a potentially new word-formation mechanism, namely hashtagging, which would add to already existing morphological processes such as blending, clipping, compounding, etc.
In this paper, I argue that hashtagging could be looked at as a new morphological mechanism producing items, called hashtags, whose linguistic nature may be difficult to identify and relate to any traditional part of speech.
We may regard them as representative of a high degree of creativity displayed by hashtagging in Italian.
To sum up, what the different types of English and Italian hashtags show is that hashtagging seems to be more productive and to display a higher level of creativity in the Italian component, with the inclusion of non-standard varieties of the language.
It further suggests that the hashtag can also be regarded as the product of a new morphological process, that is, hashtagging, a mechanism that can generate an almost unlimited variety of forms by lumping words together, and thus generating new 'linguistic items'.
Similarly, hashtagging does not correspond to any of the already existing morphological processes (like compounding, blending, agglutination).
As 'linguistic products' of the mechanism of hashtagging, hashtags are making language lexically richer in catchy phrases (e.g.
Also, don't forget your spelling skills when you go hashtagging
. An incorrect hashtag will leave you out of the community since your message will not be part of the conversations where you want it to be included.