IM language

From Wired: The Web, Not the Death of Language:

[College students] had multiple conversations, they said, because of time constraints, and also because focusing on just one IM conversation would be "too weird."

The quote comes from work done by Naomi Baron on college students’ use of IM.  David Crystal, author of Language and the Internet (a dated but interesting read – and I totally disagree with him rolling synchronous and asynchronous chat into one category called "chatgroups," though I suspect this would change if a new edition of the book were to come out) is also quoted as being enthusiastic about the amount of written language generated on the Internet and the affordances that offers for studying language.

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