Lecture by David Crystal, October 23, 2009

From Texting to Tweeting: The Brave New World of Internet Linguistics

by David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor

The various domains of electronically mediated communication present new challenges to linguists. Myths about the medium have to be urgently dispelled, innovative usages precisely described, and our characterization of visual language thoroughly revised. The lecture explores the linguistic character of a world newly populated by texters, bloggers, and twitterers.