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February 11, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Time Details:
We will meet via the Zoom platform. Please RSVP using the form below of call 781-786-6165 and a link to the meeting will be emailed to you close to the meeting date. Hard copy books, audio, and electronic book copies will soon be available via the the Library. Please contact the Reference Desk for assistance in requesting a copy.
Weston, MA 02493
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Non Fiction Book Discussion Group. Because Internet: understanding the new rules of language by Gretchen McCulloch

Thursday, February 11, 2021

We will discuss Because Internet: understanding the new rules of language by Gretchen McCulloch, named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Amazon, & The Washington Post. Gretchen McCulloch writes about linguistics for a general audience, especially internet language. McCulloch has a master's in linguistics from McGill University. McCulloch, writer of the “Resident Linguist” column for Wired and podcast cohost of Lingthusiasm, debuts with a funny and fascinating examination of the evolution of language in the digital age. Exploring everything from capitalization and punctuation to emojis and gifs, her book breaks down the structure of “internet language” in a precise and engaging way. She offers novices a well-structured intro to modern linguistics, including a history of informal writing and the social implications of language. This survey makes an excellent starting point for anyone’s exploration of the topic, thanks to the author's skilled approach.