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Excellent introduction to internet linguistics
on 18 July 2014
As an English Language graduate who hasn't read much linguistics stuff since graduating last year this was a gentle reintroduction to 'internet linguistics' (as Crystal calls it). This was an easy read and a lot lighter than a lot of linguistics books.
It was a very good general overview of internet linguistics, although I'd perhaps suggest not specific enough for undergraduate level beyond an overview. This book reawakened my interest in some areas of linguistics and I particularly thought that the chapter focusing on Twitter was interesting and well written.
I found myself telling people about some interesting fact I'd just read in the book, which shows how engaging and interesting I found the book. Most people use the internet so much that this is a topic a lot of people can find interest in and relate it to their own experiences.
If you want an unchallenging yet engaging introduction (or reminder) to internet linguistics, I'd recommend this book. Easy to read, interesting and a good overview.