In a few decades, the internet transformed how people use informal written language. Linguist Gretchen McCulloch discusses how technology and the human urge to convey emotion and presence have created novel forms of online expression. Using her own writing and other lively examples, McCulloch mindfully considers the historical context of her linguistic practice. Drawing on research, she explains how chat, weird typography, emoji and memes emerged to shape web culture. Whether online lingo baffles you or netspeak is your native tongue, you’ll gain insight into how and why language evolves.
About the Author
Gretchen McCulloch co-hosts the Lingthusiasm podcast. She studies the language of the internet and writes about it for Wired and for the blog All Things Linguistic.