Speech around the world and in particular more economically developed countries speech is constantly changing. The world of technology is getting bigger, and most indefinitely never stop. The more we use technology every day, such as tablets, smart phones and even computers, increases our vocabulary and knowledge of the Internet and the way it speaks. The Internet is a new thing, but what is important to understand is the fact that the Internet is changing all the time, one trend may originate on the Internet, a couple of weeks later, something new and even more crazy may have taken or even stolen its place. Using the Internet, someone’s completely normal vocabulary that you would use to speak to your family or friends, may be a laughing stock to people on the Internet.
It’s just what happens, the Internet is a demanding place. If it doesn’t get what it wants, it goes sky high. Multi modal talk surprisingly has been around as long as the time you were ringing up your provider and having to bear with that ‘screeching’ noise. Internet speech is a mixture of emoticons,swearing,vague English and even abbreviation. And sometimes the use of videos come into play, the origins of words can take a twisting path linking to what someone said in an interview talking about the latest fashion trend for example. Some may even say Internet speech is a polite word for ‘laziness’. That’s what I am here to discuss about, the Internet and speech.
Internet speech started purely from Internet fanatics. These groups would completely understand the dialect, there would be no ‘what does this phrase mean?’ They already know and use it regularly. This was mainly used because the shorthand was a lot quicker than writing a long sentence, especially back then you would be doing something in this case playing a game or browsing the Internet. For example, ‘Wuu2?’ Is a lot quicker than ‘What are you up too?’ Important factors we would include when writing a letter are absent in Internet speech. Grammar has no need in Internet speech, neither is spelling.
Multi modal talk is clearly divided into two types- emoticons and and acronyms. Luckily for some adoption of shorthand is relatively quick, it just needed getting used to. But amazingly, we mostly adopt this sociolect from other countries such as Japan. So essentially, we are adopting Japan’s socialect when speaking to our friends on the Internet.