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Language and the Internet

by David Crystal

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David Crystal examines the phenomenon of language use online in his book Language and the Internet. Is the Internet bad for the future of language? Will creativity be lost? Are standards diminishing? Crystal, in his thoroughly readable style, addresses all of these questions from a linguistic perspective. Crystal devotes two chapters to discussing features common to most Internet communications. He follows with separate chapters discussing email, chatgroups, virtual worlds, and the Web, and concludes with a look at the effects of the Internet on language as a whole. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in linguistics, and is written sufficiently accessibly to be enjoyed by all.

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