Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. 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 th...

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Title:Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
Author:Gretchen McCulloch
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Edition Language:English

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  • Amanda
    The first book I've ever felt was written for ME: an Internet kid of a particular micro-generation, interested in examining my online life with as much respect and rigor as we apply to traditional literature and academic studies. I LOVED this book. I'll be buying copies for my dad, my little sister,...
  • NinjaMuse
    In brief: A linguist looks at the ways the internet has changed English, with digressions into internet culture as a whole.Full disclosure: This was a reading copy which I received through work, with the expectation that I would like it enough to review it and then order it for stock. This book is o...
  • Rebecca
    I’m surprised by how fascinating I found this: I’m a late adopter when it comes to technology (I’m still resisting a smartphone) and I haven’t given linguistics a thought since that one class I took in college, but it turns out that my proofreader’s interest in the English l...
  • Jenna
    I find the evolution of languages fascinating so as soon as I saw the cover/title of this book, I knew it was one I'd enjoy.  The author Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist who studies internet language.  In this book she shows us how English has transformed since and because of the internet. ...
  • Mario the lone bookwolf
    Language developed very slow, ugh, ah, and is accelerating faster and faster. Hm, everything seems to do this nowadays. Take all those funny ancient, medieval, renaissance texts and how entertainingly cute they wrote, talked, and grammared, isn´t it lovely. For a very long time the control over p...
  • Donna Backshall
    I was so excited to finally get this audiobook on loan from my library. I felt like I'd been waiting for months, which of course is a great sign. I love linguistics and this is a popular book, so I was expecting a good solid read.Well, it's a weird book. Informative, yes, but also weird.It's weird b...
  • Sarah
    But what I really want is a book that explain’s why nobody know’s how to use apostrophe’s anymore 😑...
  • K.J. Charles
    Interesting analysis of how we speak and type on the internet, in terms of social and often age groupings and the different meanings applied. It is absolutely fascinating how we've collectively managed to develop a written language that conveys tone (as in meaning) for pretty much the first time in ...

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