Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

“'Wild language' goes web"

"'Wild language' goes web: new writers and old problems in the elaboration of the written code": a lecture by Giuliana Fiorentino, (Uni. Molise) as part of the XIV Settimana della Lingua Italian nel Mondo.

The diffusion of the internet, especially with the web 2.0 social networks, and of mobile phones results in the massive use of the written code of the language even by people who were not used to everyday contact with writing or who have not (or not yet) mastered writing (for example, young people). They represent what I define as ‘new’ writers. Web-user pressure is producing a new way of writing and of perceiving writing in society. In the history of the Italian language the web is a kind of ‘accelerator’ in linguistic processes. I hypothesize that the web is doing to the Italian written language what, from the 1950s onwards, the diffusion of television did to Italian speech. In fact, overgeneralizing the use of the written language, the web is contributing to the creation of an ‘informal’ written linguistic variety more open to changes and to incorporate non-standard features. The contribution focuses on typographic and orthographic aspects of this variety of the Italian language and searches for a possible systematization of the rich and complex subject.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 10am - 12.00
Location: O'Rahilly Building, G.41, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mark Chu
021 490 2335/2486

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