Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

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Penguin, 23 jul. 2019 - 336 pagina's
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“Gretchen McCulloch is the internet’s favorite linguist, and this book is essential reading. Reading her work is like suddenly being able to see the matrix.” —Jonny Sun, author of everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

Because Internet is 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.

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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Gebruikersrecensie  - PattyLee - LibraryThing

Well, spotty at best. I did a lot of skimming and skipping and flipping. But, the chapters on actual internet language protocols, including emojis and memes were very interesting. The dissection of the eras of internet users, not so much, Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - spinsterrevival - LibraryThing

What a fascinating listen; the author read the audiobook, and she did a great job. I sometimes feel like an internet newbie even though I’m so old, but there’s a lot of stuff I’ve somehow missed out ... Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

Chapter
1
Language and Society
17
Chapter 3
63
Typographical Tone of Voice
109
Chapter 5
155
Chapter 6
197
Chapter 7
237
Chapter 8
265
Notes
278
Index
317
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2019)

Gretchen McCulloch writes about linguistics for a general audience, especially internet language. She writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired (and formerly at The Toast). McCulloch has a master’s in linguistics from McGill University, runs the blog All Things Linguistic, and cohosts Lingthusiasm, a podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics. She lives in Montreal, but also on the internet.

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