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Because InternetBy Gretchen McCulloch

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This book looks at the way we communicate today since the arrival of the internet, and how our language has developed to keep up with the ever-changing trends online.

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Language is a network, a web. Language is the ultimate participatory democracy. To put it in technological terms, language is humanity's most spectacular open source project.

Gretchen McCulloch


Language is forever changing and will always naturally develop with society. Looking back to Shakespeare 400 years ago, most of us can just about keep up. But go back a further 200 years to Chaucer, and you're going to struggle unless you have a degree in the subject. Now, with our growing, instant access to different people all around the globe, linguistic developments are happening faster than ever.

Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist with her own podcast, Lingthusiasm, devoted entirely to the subject. In her book, Because Internet, McCulloch explores the impact that the internet has had on our language and the way that we use it. McCulloch looks into the history of the internet and the different types of users that gradually got on board, before delving into how it's changed the way we interact with friends and strangers alike.

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