Language and the Internet / Edition 2

Language and the Internet / Edition 2

by David Crystal
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Cambridge University Press
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Language and the Internet / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521868594
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2006
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

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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