Language and the Internet

Language and the Internet

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 318 pages
  • 140 x 218 x 20mm | 539.99g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521868599
  • 9780521868594
  • 393,773

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"This book provides an important look at how the Internet has affected our use of language. To my knowledge, there are no other comparable books available on this subject. Issues of language are certainly treated in many other books about the Internet, but this one features linguistics as its main topic. The book will be an important contribution." Patricia Wallace, Ph.D., Director, Information Services and Instructional Technologies Center for Talented Youth, The John Hopkins University Author, The Psychology and the Internet
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Table of contents

1. A linguistic perspective; 2. The medium of netspeak; 3. Finding an identity; 4. The language of email; 5. The language of chatgroups; 6. The language of virtual worlds; 7. The language of the web; 8. New varieties.
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About David Crystal

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