New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2000. Alphabet to Email is one of those rare publishing hybrids: scholarly yet accessible, historically full yet currently relevant, theoretically aware yet practically illustrated. - David Crystal.
In Alphabet to Email Naomi 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 Email will appeal to anyone who is curious about how the English language has changed over the centuries and where it might be going.
Table of Contents
List of Figures x
Robin Hood's Retort 1 (25)
Legitimating Written English 26 (22)
Who Writes, Who Reads, and Why 48 (47)
Setting Standards 95 (48)
The Rise of English Comp 143(24)
Commas and Canaries 167(30)
What Remington Wrought 197(19)
Language at a Distance 216(31)
Why the Jury's Still Out on Email 247(13)
Epilogue: Destiny or Choice 260(10)
Name Index 305(6)
Subject Index 311