The Internet and the Future of Language Essays

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Throughout the history of civilization, a new medium of linguistic communication has always brought significant changes in our way of communication as well. Such media are printing in the fifteen century, telegraph and telephone in the nineteen century, and finally television and the internet in the twentieth century. However, the sheer scale and the significance of the Internet have in sociolinguistic and stylistic complexity of the language is unprecedented and comparable to that of conventional audio and visual quality of linguistic aspects. Unlike previous communication media, the internet is global, interactive and electronic. Such characteristics of the media have different influences in linguistic development. Moreover, the internet…show more content…
Throughout the history of civilization, a new medium of linguistic communication has always brought significant changes in our way of communication as well. Such media are printing in the fifteen century, telegraph and telephone in the nineteen century, and finally television and the internet in the twentieth century. However, the sheer scale and the significance of the Internet have in sociolinguistic and stylistic complexity of the language is unprecedented and comparable to that of conventional audio and visual quality of linguistic aspects. Unlike previous communication media, the internet is global, interactive and electronic. Such characteristics of the media have different influences in linguistic development. Moreover, the internet also redefines the relationship between the written and spoken aspects of language, according to Dr David Crystal, the internet language is called ‘written speech’ or ‘spoken writing’. In spoken language, there are two main differences between the internet language (aka Netspeak) and face-to-face conversation: firstly, in electronic situations of conversation there is a lack of simultaneous feedback and secondly, the rhythm of the interaction in electronic situations of conversation is slower than in conversational speech situations. Furthermore, in written language, while traditional writing is static and permanent, the internet writing can be revised and restructured if necessary. Nevertheless the fact that the Netspeak displays the
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