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Many good ideas, but fails as a read for the general public,
This review is from: Internet Linguistics: A Student Guide (Paperback)
Internet Linguistics contains many thought provoking ideas on the study of the use of language on the Internet. It includes discussions on many different media (which Crystal calls 'outputs') such as Twitter and e-mail. This is a great idea for a book for discussion in the public.
Where it falls down is in its writing style. According to the back page, it is "engaging". It isn't. This is a textbook packaged as a book for the general public. You should be aware of this before considering purchasing it. I'm sure it works well for degree level English language students (to be fair, it is subtitled "A [Student's] Guide"), but not for most other people. That's a pity. There is a gap in the market which I hope will be filled soon.