Live webcast: Language and the Internet

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Date/Time:Sunday, 02 Mar 2014 at 3:00 pm
Location:Doziel Auditorium, 127 Curtiss Hall
Cost:Free
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Phone:515-294-9934
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Linguist David Crystal is perhaps best known as the author of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. He has authored more than 100 books on the English language, with topics ranging from phonetics and grammar to Shakespeare to clinical linguistics.

What influence is the Internet having on language, and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the Internet? There is a great deal of misleading popular mythology, which needs to be replaced by precise linguistic description. This talk presents the view that the Internet is in some respects a linguistic revolution, introducing new opportunities for communication, but that its influence on individual languages has so far been quite limited.