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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, Crys
Paperback, 179 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2011)
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It is so incredibly presumptuous of me to judge Crystal's work, but man... This was not only extremely repetitive (and therefore boring), but also quite unhelpful, since most of what was in the book I either already knew, could've logically deduced with minimal effort, or didn't really care about because the information was outdated. Also, editing is a thing, and it helps prevent that thing when you repeat the same concept five thousand times, and you make your readers want to throw your book ou ...more
May 19, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 14, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it
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
Apr 10, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mar 03, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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Crystal does a nice job explaining how linguists might approach the study of what he terms Internet linguistics, as well as outlines what the field might gain from such study. He is cogent on the challenges and opportunities the Internet poses for linguists, and his case studies provide clear illustrations of both. Likewise, his suggestions for classroom activities are great ones. I only wished he had written a bit more about what the potential gains for society might come from such linguistic s ...more
Apr 06, 2013 Melody rated it liked it
Shelves: language, school
Some parts were really interesting and other parts were rather dry.
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Feb 19, 2011 Tara Brabazon rated it liked it
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.
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This was required for class. Crystal makes many great points in this book.
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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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