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Because internet : understanding how language is changing

Author: Gretchen McCulloch
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2019. ©2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gretchen McCulloch
ISBN: 9781787302310 1787302318
OCLC Number: 1126253125
Description: 326 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Informal writing --
Language and society --
Internet people --
Typographical tone of voice --
Emoji and other internet gestures --
How conversations change --
Memes and internet culture --
A new metaphor.
Responsibility: Gretchen McCulloch.

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Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time. Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer 'LOL' or 'lol', why -sparkly tildes- succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.

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Because Internet...illustrates how many of us feel about English in the online age... It is hard not to be moved by her McCulloch is an engaging writer who clearly adores her subject * Sunday Times * Read more...

 
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