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Comparison of the linguistic features of different types of language found on the Internet.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Electronic Media Studies

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I intend to make a comparison of the linguistic features of different types of language found on the Internet. This area interests me simply because I believe the Internet is the new medium for communication, a place where people can talk in real time, send messages across the world in seconds, receive up-to the minute news bulletins, consequently there is a wealth of information stored on it. This information can take many linguistic shapes and forms. Much of the language on the Internet is an emulation of ones common to other mediums, newspapers, magazines etc. Nevertheless, this new medium also gives an opportunity for new non-standard language forms to arise.

The data I have chosen is as follows:

* A conversation from an internet chat-room, 28/01/01

* Two pop-up advertisements, January 2001

* An internet jargon glossary, January 2001

I have chosen this data simply because they provides a wide range linguistic features, that can be analysed and compared through four frameworks. As a result I hope to find that different web based sources, specifically ones that address different topics will use different lexis, orthography, semantics, discourse structure and graphology. As

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