Language and the Internet.

Not to be confused with the David Crystal book of the same name.

In addition to learning languages, I study language and the Internet; I started studying this field whilst in England, doing my coursework for my Master’s. My thesis, also, is on language and the Internet: primarily Netspeak, and how people (especially those thought to use it among themselves) regard it.

That is to say: what do you think of when you see someone using elements of Netspeak? What do you think Netspeak is?



  1. Geoff said,

    May 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Sadly, my mother drilled into me proper grammer and speaking, so I’ve never really used Netspeak. I spent seven years in a Catholic school, so I had proper grammer and sentence structure drilled into me even more; I’m happy for it all.

    I find Netspeak amusing at times, but seeing the truncated and abbreviated words, and words replaced with numbers used too much is quite annoying. Personally, I think it makes things harder to read, and like L337, should be used in moderation.

    • cloverjewel said,

      May 16, 2009 at 10:10 am

      What about, say, common acronyms such as ‘brb’, ‘bbiab’, and ‘afk’? Or the lack of capitalization?

      • Geoff said,

        May 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

        The lack of capitalization definitely is a pet peeve of mine. Part of that darned Catholic school grammar. Some of the acronyms I think are okay, like the ‘brb’ and ‘afk’, but that is probably because I grew up with them. Yes, I am a child of the internet, but I am amazed at how much can change when you are away for just a few years.

        The real question though is, “What do you think, dear author?”

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