Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading by Naomi S. BaronAlphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading by Naomi S. Baron

Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading

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Paperback | April 26, 2001

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InAlphabet to EmailNaomi Baron takes us on a fascinating and often entertaining journey through the history of the English language, showing how technology - especially email - is gradually stripping language of its formality.
Drawing together strands of thinking about writing, speech, pedagogy, technology, and globalization, Naomi Baron explores the ever-changing relationship between speech and writing and considers the implications of current language trends on the future of written English.
Alphabet to Emailwill appeal to anyone who is curious about how the English language has changed over the centuries and where it might be going.
Naomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Language and Foreign Studies at American University. She is the author of five previous books about language, includingGrowing Up With Language: How children learn to talk(Addison-Wesley, 1992).
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Title:Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's HeadingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.8 inPublished:April 26, 2001Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415186862

ISBN - 13:9780415186865

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'Naomi Baron has succeeded in writing a fascinating yet erudite, and quite compact, history that draws together threads from a bewildering variety of sources.' - Pam Le Gassick, Society of Indexers 'At one level, Alphabet to Email is a fascinating chronological history of written English; at another, it is a carefully argued case for preserving the distinctions between oral and written language.' - Ilana Snyder, Journal of Sociolinguistics