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Holmes, WN (2010) The digital climate of English change. Computer, 43 (3). 100, 98-99. ISSN 0018-9162

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Abstract

This essay considers predictions of the effect of digital technology on the English language, contrasts language content or information with language media or data, considers traditional dimensions of linguistic data and information, contrasts face-to-face conversation with mediated conversation like Twitter and Facebook, looks at alphabetic and phonetic shorthands in the context of digital social networking, makes several suggestions for English language reform given its present role as an international language, and closes with comments on the failure of the education to inculcate literacy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: English spelling, information, data, language principles, conversation, Twitter, Facebook, shorthand, homophony, spelling reform, orthography, online society
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
Page Range: 100, 98-99
ISSN: 0018-9162
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1109/MC.2010.79
Additional Information: ©2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 02:16
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:09
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/9666
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