Ars Technica: Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads

Ars Technica: Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads. “The Internet has done good things to the English language. That’s the most important thing linguist Gretchen McCulloch has to say in her book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. Though many prominent opinion-havers rage about the imminent death of the English language at the hands of emoji-wielding teenagers, the Internet has done no more harm to English than television, radio, or dime novels.”

Columbia Journalism Review: The new Merriam-Webster words

Columbia Journalism Review: The new Merriam-Webster words. “LAST WEEK, MERRIAM-WEBSTER inflamed the language world again by adding 533 new words to its dictionary. As usual, the new entries are a mixture of new words and new definitions for words that already existed. Some come of the words from popular culture, some from science, some from business, and some from out of someone’s hat.”

The Courier: Explore Innergourie, Meffen and Scoun on new interactive Scots language map

The Courier: Explore Innergourie, Meffen and Scoun on new interactive Scots language map. “After two years of sifting through old documents, poems and audio recordings, the Scots Language Centre (SLC) unveiled its first digital map of Scotland at a ceremony in Perth. All place names are written in Scots, showing how the mother tongue has changed over the centuries.”

BBC: Nature’s language is being hijacked by technology

BBC: Nature’s language is being hijacked by technology. “‘Apple’, ‘tweet’, ‘cloud’, ‘stream’ – words that once conjured vivid visions of the countryside are now synonymous with our technological world. And, a National Trust study suggests, just 1% of uses of the word ‘tweet’ in conversation now refer to birdsong. Similarly, while in the 1990s 100% of mentions of ‘stream’ meant ‘a little river’, that has now fallen to 36%.”

CTV News: Is the English language better because of the Internet? This linguist thinks so

CTV News: Is the English language better because of the Internet? This linguist thinks so. “A Canadian Internet linguist has written a new book arguing that the web has changed the English language for the better. Montreal-based Gretchen McCulloch’s new book ‘Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language’ aims to distill volumes of academic writing on Internet linguists and make it accessible to a popular audience.”

UMass Amherst: Why Is This Linguist #Talmbout Twitter?

UMass Amherst: Why Is This Linguist #Talmbout Twitter?. “The lickety-split spread of the phrase stay woke is just one linguistic development you can clearly track via Twitter, says Lisa Green ’93, professor of linguistics at UMass Amherst….Green recently collaborated with Brendan O’Connor, assistant professor at the College of Information and Computer Sciences, and computer science doctoral student Su Lin Wang Blodgett on a case study of dialect in Twitter conversations among African Americans. They collected a whopping 59 million tweets from 2.8 million users, including 830,000 tweets aligned with Twitter users in African American English-speaking neighborhoods.”