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Because internet : understanding the new rules of language

Author
McCulloch, Gretchen, author.
Title
Because internet : understanding the new rules of language / Gretchen McCulloch.
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Riverhead Books, 2019.
Description
326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-316) and index.
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.
Summary
"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 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. Because Internet is essential reading for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are"-- Provided by publisher.
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. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. Social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time. McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. -- adapted from jacket
Subject headings
Language and the Internet.
English language--21st century.
Social media--Semiotics.
ISBN
9780735210936 (hardback)
0735210934 (hardback)
9780735210950 (ebook)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
P120.I6 M28 2019
Location
Wells Library - Research Coll. - Stacks
Floor
7th Floor, East Tower
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Library
Kokomo Library
Call Number
P120.I6 M28 2019
Location
New Book Area
Library
South Bend - Schurz Library
Call Number
P120.I6 M28 2019
Location
Stacks
Floor
5th Floor
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