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Research Shows Twitter is Driving English Language Evolution - Brandwatch

Research Shows Twitter is Driving English Language Evolution - Brandwatch | Internet Language | Scoop.it
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This is a nifty little study. Twitter promotes bad spelling. Just kidding! Twitter makes people more likely to use non-standard English and to use grammar differently than normal. Punctuation is basically thrown out the window. But what do you expect? We don't use punctuation in spoken language.

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The American Scholar: The Internet is a James Joyce Novel - Jessica Love

The American Scholar: The Internet is a James Joyce Novel - Jessica Love | Internet Language | Scoop.it
On the playful language of image macros
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"'Offline we might say I’m like and make a caricatured facial expression; online, we use images instead to communicate those stage reactions,' says Carey." We're using images as a way to express body language. Thank you, internet, for being so beautiful.

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The Curious Brain » The evolution of meaning

The Curious Brain » The evolution of meaning | Internet Language | Scoop.it
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Sorry for the langauge! But I thought this was an interesting little picture of how meaning has changed for words because of the internet (note how a period is now 'lol'). And this is jst an average user posting this (as far as I know). Linguists and English teachers aren't the only ones noticing that English is changing.

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Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms

Twitterspeak: 66 Twitter Terms | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Never read a twiller? Having twissues with your twerminology? Welcome, then, to the unforgivable abuse of the English language that some call Twitterspeak. The trick, in most ...
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These are some lovely twitter words, most of which I've never heard before. I guess it's all about how deep in the culture you get, though some of them have to made up. I think this is a sign of how quick we are to make up words. It isn't just if we need something, it's anytime we want a new word, we just make it. Our culture is wonderful for that.

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John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | Video on TED.com

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.
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This is a marvelous TED talk. I love his comment on texting being "finger speech" rather than a written language. This is a prime lecture on the theory that texting and other technologies are just promoting language change, not language degredation.

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How has technology changed communication? - Curiosity

How has technology changed communication? - Curiosity | Internet Language | Scoop.it
E-mail, wireless Internet, cell phones help us to communicate instantly without paper or traditional methods. Learn more about how technology has changed communication from Curiosity.com.
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How Digital Technology Has Changed Communication - First Of Three Posts

How Digital Technology Has Changed Communication - First Of Three Posts | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Changes in technology require changes in communication.
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Welcome to the all-knowing, very searchable, saturated world of the hashtag

Welcome to the all-knowing, very searchable, saturated world of the hashtag | Internet Language | Scoop.it
A hashtag's value all depends on how social networks choose to use them.
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Hashtags are very versatile. This is a good article about the ways they can be used on each media site. To finish her thoughts about what will happen on Facebook, since that feature has been released now, they were really popular in the beginning and people would post onto Twitter and Facebook at the same time, but now they have died down. If someone uses hashtags on Facebook now it is for context, iroy, or sub-text.

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This Video Will Have You Completely Rethink How You Conduct Yourself Online And In Person (Video) | Elite Daily

This Video Will Have You Completely Rethink How You Conduct Yourself Online And In Person (Video) | Elite Daily | Internet Language | Scoop.it
We, as human beings, think through social networks, we’ve somehow become more social creatures.
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The Digital Lives of Teens: Code Switching

The Digital Lives of Teens: Code Switching | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Recently, NPR launched a new blog entitled Code Switch to examine the "frontiers of race, culture and ethnicity." Blog host Gene Demby explains: "We're looking at code switching a little more broadly

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Five Types of Social Media Influencers [graphic matrix]

Five Types of Social Media Influencers [graphic matrix] | Internet Language | Scoop.it
What makes a good influencer? “Influence” is a concept difficult to evaluate since it refers to both subjective and objective values, resulting in a measurement of:

Via Ken Morrison, Martin (Marty) Smith, roberto toppi, Jimi Paradise, Jim Lerman, Julie Lindsay, Jimun Gimm, juandoming, Suzanne
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Liza Loop's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:16 PM

This looks like a good model for future oriented teaching roles.

Vicky Wason's comment, January 24, 2013 12:58 PM
I will share this matrix with my business students at the University of Utah and get their comments. Thanks for sharing.
Neli Maria Mengalli's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:30 AM

Influencers on social media are either passionate individuals who turn out to be specialists or professionals involved who use Web 2.0 tools as part of their work. They take advantage of their presence on social networks for personal gain or as representative (or ambassador) a brand, company or organization.

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Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online

Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online | Internet Language | Scoop.it
The rising popularity of the image in social media has further transformed the way we share our lives with one another.
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The American Scholar: Picturing a Whole New Language - Jessica Love

Could images be the new words?
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This is why we shouldn't be afraid of language change. It has to become what we have now for it to be a fully-functioning language, and we can't communicate with anything less than what we have now. Images may be taking over technological interactions, but they could never replace langauge without becoming much more sophisticated and having much more of a capacity for meaning.

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The American Scholar: Much Reading. Wow. - Jessica Love

The American Scholar: Much Reading. Wow. - Jessica Love | Internet Language | Scoop.it
On the delicate dance between humor and inscrutability
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"It’s a fun, pithy, hand-wavy way of summing up a situation." She said it so perfectly. It's a way to wave your hand at a situation because THIS IS ALL WRITTEN SPEECH!!! I'm so excited about this! We are making up ways to perform body language over the internet. The internet has its own breed of language, where basically anything goes, as long as the meaning isn't lost.

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Starbucks 'Tweet-a-Coffee' Campaign Prompted $180,000 in Purchases

Starbucks 'Tweet-a-Coffee' Campaign Prompted $180,000 in Purchases | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Starbucks' "Tweet-a-Coffee" program prompted $180,000 in purchases.
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Starbucks made $180,000 by setting up a special Twitter campaign. It is invading businesses, now, and not just through promotions and advertisements. Social media is a part of our lives now and it is very difficult to live without it. Also, something I've noticed with articles and news sites, they tell you how much an article has been shared. They are promoting themselves while being promoted. That little number by the facebook button screams at me, at least, "6,000 other people have shared this article! Come on! You want to be 6001!! Think of the prestige!"

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John McWhorter at TED2013: The linguistic miracle of texts | TED Blog

John McWhorter at TED2013: The linguistic miracle of texts | TED Blog | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Linguist John McWhorter says texting does not mark the decline of writing -- because it's actually a spoken language.
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English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet | Internet Language | Scoop.it

Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because." (RT @Keffy: yessssss linguistics forever "@SofiaSamatar: English has a new preposition, because Internet.


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The internet is changing language... And it's so much fun! I love it. I'm not sure this one will stick, though, because it sounds really off. It should really only be used informally, and think it's one thing which won't make the transition over, because it is ungrammatical and violates Syntax structure. Internet language is much more lazy, so it's okay in this and other settings which would be considered written speech.

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Lauren Biegert's curator insight, December 12, 2013 5:05 AM

Because interesting.

Allyson Eamer's comment, December 14, 2013 2:10 PM
Outstanding work! Because NINE insights instead of only five!
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How Technology Has Changed Communication

How Technology Has Changed Communication | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Communication has been changed by technological innovations like the cellphone and internet. In the 1970s, communication was much different. How I miss a simpler time.
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How has the Internet changed the way we communicate?

How has the Internet changed the way we communicate? | Internet Language | Scoop.it
The Internet has increased options for lateral communication and reduced the need for mediators; creating different types of relationships, and increasing possibilities for major social change. The...
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75% Of Social Media Users Now Use Hashtags [STUDY] - AllTwitter

75% Of Social Media Users Now Use Hashtags [STUDY] - AllTwitter | Internet Language | Scoop.it
75% Of Social Media Users Now Use Hashtags [STUDY]
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Kthxbai! How Internet-speak is changing the way we talk IRL (in real life)

Kthxbai! How Internet-speak is changing the way we talk IRL (in real life) | Internet Language | Scoop.it
Abbreviations, acronyms, and shortened everything: the Internet is remixing English.
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"As the Internet is predominantly a graphic medium, the most noticeable changes have been there, not in speech at all." Crystal doesn't think kids using abbreviations is a big deal and that it wil die out. Interesting. Most people don't think that and are lamenting the loss of the English language. Very good article about the effects of the internet of communication from a different point of view.

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Internet Slang words - Internet Dictionary - InternetSlang.com

Internet Slang words - Internet Dictionary. Internet Slang. A list of common slang words, acronyms and abbreviations as used in websites, ICQ chat rooms, blogs, SMS, and internet forums.
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10 Social Media Statistics | Social Media | Arrae Creative

10 Social Media Statistics | Social Media | Arrae Creative | Internet Language | Scoop.it
10 Fascinating Social Media Statistics: In this blog we feature some pretty incredible social media statistics via an infographic design.

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