Language and the Internet

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 31, 2006 - Computers - 304 pages
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In recent years, the Internet has come to dominate our lives. E-mail, instant messaging and chat are rapidly replacing conventional forms of correspondence, and the Web has become the first port of call for both information enquiry and leisure activity. How is this affecting language? There is a widespread view that as 'technospeak' comes to rule, standards will be lost. In this book, David Crystal argues the reverse: that the Internet has encouraged a dramatic expansion in the variety and creativity of language. Covering a range of Internet genres, including e-mail, chat, and the Web, this is a revealing account of how the Internet is radically changing the way we use language. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to account for more recent phenomena, with a brand new chapter on blogging and instant messaging. Engaging and accessible, it will continue to fascinate anyone who has ever used the Internet.
 

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In this first book-length consideration of the Internet by a linguist, Crystal, whose Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and over 40 other books have established him as a leading authority on language ... Read full review

Contents

1 A linguistic perspective
1
Blogging
15
Netspeak
19
2 The medium of Netspeak
26
timebound spontaneous facetoface socially interactive
31
they transcend the traditional limitations on textual
52
3 Finding an identity
66
identity to motivate new Internet users to use it or
75
5 The language of chatgroups
134
female speech63 Some studies have already identified salient
173
6 The language of virtual worlds
178
An evolving world
198
7 The language of the Web
203
noticeably a colourful medium and in this respect alone it
210
Evolution and management
213
Languages on the Web
229

4 The language of email
99
Headers
100
The uniqueness of email
130
8 New varieties
238
Blogging has introduced a new era of interactivity to websites
247
9 The linguistic future
257

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Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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