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How the internet is making English better

Have you ever wondered who’s responsible for the fact there’s no jellyfish emoji? Why does ending a text with a period make people think you’re mad at them? Why doesn’t “lol” mean “laughing out loud” anymore?

Lingthusiasm is a podcast that is enthusiastic about linguistics. In this brand new Lingthusiasm liveshow, linguists Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch get enthusiastic about the ways in which the internet is breathing new life into the English language. Come along to this lively, humorous conversation about how we communicate (and miscommunicate) with each other these days. You’ll never look at your quickly dashed-off text messages the same way again.

Gretchen and Lauren will be joined for their Sydney liveshow by Tiger Webb, the ABC’s language research specialist.

Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist and author of the upcoming book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Penguin 2019). She lives in Montreal, Canada.

Lauren Gawne is a research fellow at La Trobe University, in Melbourne. She writes the ‘By Lingo’ column in The Big Issue, and once wrote an academic paper about LOLcats.

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  • 12 Nov: Lingthusiasm Liveshow
    12 November 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm



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Lingthusiasm Liveshow: How the internet is making English better

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