Saturday, June 02, 2007


Leverett, T. (2007, May). Dialects in a changing language. Global Study Magazine 4, 3. London. pp. 56-57.

This is one attempt at social commentary on the effects of online environments on modern culture. Because of the computer, various things are happening: we who are online have much more contact with people in faraway lands; standardization of the language is a steady but sure process; oral dialects have become less integral as part of our lives, as most people have command of a standard Hollywood kind of dialect that they can use with strangers; the written language has become more important as a introductory tool and as a shared language among people who don't know each other and have never met; written dialects exist in places where people do a lot of online interaction, share many experiences in common, and develop their own shortcuts independently of the written language outside the confines of that environment (examples: World of Warcraft, Second Life); the relationship of written and oral language is actually changing in front of our eyes.

Enough for now. I'll let you know when this one is online; it's really not that complicated. The magazine is extremely well-made, interesting, modern, hip and glossy- all at the same time. I'm not sure if you can get it at the corner store, though. Fortunately, they're really nice about putting it online. They also put really nice pictures along with the articles, and give us (CESL/SIUC) free advertising. It's a bargain for everyone, unless, of course, I were trying to make a living from writing.

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