In traditional linguistics literatures there is a clear separation between words and non-words. Words are basically what you'd find in a dictionary. But in todays world you find all kinds of word-like "things" in tweets and other social media, such as you could imagine:
I'm so excited, yay!!ah!!woooohoo:):):Dboom I've been w#ndreeeng what this means. I don;t knw if this <asdfasdfasdf> sense. Maybe the wordsarestucktogeth ...er.
yay!!ah!!woooohoo:):):Dboomis basically enthusiasm
w#ndreeengis "wondering" with a sort of sounded out part (reeeng) and the
knwleaves out some letters
<asdfasdfasdf>can be interpreted as "makes" for "makes sense".
- Words are stuck together
- But also split apart.
These are just the top of my head. But I am wondering how to structure them linguistically. Such as, calling them just "words", but that doesn't make sense. Calling them "things" is too general. Maybe "clauses", but that is usually a set of words. So wondering if there are any formalisms around this sort of stuff. Wondering how to treat them.
You can also have more normalized "non-word" structures such as:
This is a #hashtag. This is a https://linguistics.stackexchange.com link. This is a @username. This is an example.domain.com.
Wondering what those types of things are called when they are found in text/writing/language.