Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide
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Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide

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The Internet is now an integral part of contemporary life, and linguists are increasingly studying its influence on language. In this student-friendly guidebook, leading language authority Professor David Crystal follows on from his landmark bestseller Language and the Internet and presents the area as a new field: Internet linguistics. In his engaging trademark style, Cry...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2011)
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I read it because I had to, which is usually a significant disadvantage for a book. Anyway, I enjoyed it although D. Crystal repeats himself quite often. Understandable, as he is quite a prolific author and one of the few writing about languages used in electronically mediated communication.
I enjoyed reading this analysis of internet language and found it easy enough to read. Crystal (as a linguist) focuses on analysis of text - in a number of different contexts and outputs (as he calls the various platforms) - e.g. twitter, chat, social media etc - and looks at different questions (the nature of internet language as poised somewhere between speech and text, its impact on contemporary language and grammar, the internet's multilingual nature, the rapid pace of changes, search logist...more
As an English Language graduate who hasn't read much linguistic stuff since graduating last year this was a gentle reintroduction to 'internet linguistics' (as Crystal calls it). This was an easy read and a lot lighter than a lot of linguistics books.

It was a very good general overview, although I'd perhaps suggest not specific enough for undergraduate level beyond an overview. This book reawakened my interest in some areas of linguistics and I particularly thought that the chapter focusing on T...more
Tara Brabazon
This is a short introduction to internet linguistics. It is uneven but there are some strong insights on Twitter. Extracts could be well used as course material for undergraduate students.
Joseph Gerstenberger
This was required for class. Crystal makes many great points in this book.
Some parts were really interesting and other parts were rather dry.
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David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. Born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1941, he spent his early years in Holyhead. His family moved to Liverpool in 1951, and he received his secondary schooling at St Mary's College. He read English at University College London (1959-62), specialised in English language studies, did some rese...more
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