Title: The Multilingual Internet
Subtitle: Language, Culture, and Communication Online
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Editor: Brenda Danet
Editor: Susan C. Herring
Hardback: ISBN: 0195304799 Pages: 464 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0195304802 Pages: 464 Price: U.S. $ 35.00
Two-thirds of global internet users are non-English speakers. Despite this, most scholarly literature on the internet and computer-mediated-communication (CMC) focuses exclusively on English. This is the first book devoted to analyzing internet related CMC in languages other than English. The volume collects 18 new articles on facets of language and internet use, all of which revolve around several central topics: writing systems, the structures and features of local languages and how they affect internet use, code switching between multiple languages, and gender issues, public policy issues, and so on. The scope of languages discussed in the volume is unusually broad, including English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, and Portugese. This book will be of great interest to anyone studying linguistics, applied linguistics, communication, anthropology, and information sciences.