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2013 | 2 | 187-192

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Recenzja książki Tomasza Chyrzyńskiego pt. „Język w Internecie. Formalne, semantyczne i funkcjonalno-pragmatyczne właściwości języka angielskiego i polskiego w komunikacji internetowej”. Olsztyn, 2012: Centrum Badań Europy Wschodniej Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie. ISBN 8361605495, 185 stron



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The book by Tomasz Chyrzyński (entitled: Language and the Internet. Formal, Semantic and Functional-Pragmatic Properties of English and Polish in Internet Communication—written in Polish) undertakes the issue of electronic communication and the ways in which language evolves in connection with the processes which are best demonstrated on the Internet. There are five chapters, first two of which deal with the role of the Internet nowadays and research directions in Internet linguistics, respectively. Chapter 3 focuses on phonetic, grammatical, lexical and syntactic properties of English and Polish in electronic communication, noting the similarities, differences in the languages and changes in the linguistic behaviors of the participants. Chapter 4 describes the process of creating pseudonyms and nicknames on Internet forums, portals and chats, treating them as the expression of users’ creativity and noting the diversity in them. Chapter 5 undertakes the analysis of lexical and stylistic properties of a microblog, called Blip, adopting the perspective of the ethnography of communication for this purpose. A criticism of the approach in the book is presented focusing on several aspects, which are not utilized in the book in a way that has been projected. The critical view in particular concerns the insufficient application of the ethnographic model proposed in the book.


  • Politechnika Opolska


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