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Because Internet: Understanding how language is changing

Gretchen McCulloch

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Vintage
04 March 2020
Language: history & general works; Society & Social Sciences; Digital lifestyle
THE ACCLAIMED NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.

Have you ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message? Wondered where memes came from? Fret no more- Because Internet is 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.

'McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject - that I began to marvel at the flexibility of the online language she describes, with its numerous shades of subtlety.' New York Times
By:   Gretchen McCulloch
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   268g
ISBN:   9781529112825
ISBN 10:   1529112826
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   04 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gretchen McCulloch writes about linguistics for a general audience, especially internet language. She writes the Resident Linguist column at Wired. McCulloch has a master's in linguistics from McGill University, runs the blog All Things Linguistic, and cohosts the Lingthusiasm podcast. She lives in Montreal, but also on the internet. www.gretchenmcculloch.com

Reviews for Because Internet: Understanding how language is changing

McCulloch's book is a good start in guiding readers to consider the wild language of the internet as a thing of wonder-a valuable feature, not a bug. * Wall Street Journal * Covers the backstory of how tildes became the punctuation mark for ~whimsy and sarcasm~...and when we started repeating certainnnnn lettersssssssss for emphasis * Buzzfeed * In prose at once scholarly and user-friendly, McCulloch unpacks the evolution of language in the digital age, providing a comprehensive survey of everything from the secret language of emojis to the appeal of animal memes. * Esquire * McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject * New York Times * Rather than obsessing about what the internet is doing to language, [Because Internet] largely focuses on what can be learned about language from the internet. . . . McCulloch's book is about the birth of a new medium. * Economist * An effervescent study of how the digital world is transfiguring English * The New Yorker * A compelling narrative rich with examples from her own online activities, a healthy dose of humor, and plenty of cat memes... the breadth of topics covered-from conversation analysis to meme culture to the development of texting as we now know it-makes this book useful, engaging, and enjoyable. * Science * Sometimes it seems like the internet is a seething brew of ugliness and misery. So it's nice to remember that, as well as the lawless drudgery, there are complex human systems that, intentional or not, create something totally new. Internet linguist (damn!) Gretchen McCulloch explores the ever-changing language of online. * Elle, 30 Best Books to Read this Summer * McCulloch offers a compelling snapshot of a world in flux, from which readers will learn a lot about language, the internet and themselves * Financial Times * A well-researched retort to grumpy grammarians who think technology is turning kids into lazy, inarticulate drivelers. * Time *


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