Date of Award

Spring 6-7-2019

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Owen Ewald

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Christine Chaney


computer-mediated communication, linguistics, online communication, language development, punctuation, microblogging


In modern linguistics, the study of the written word has been considered outside the scope of the field. However, developments in communications, specifically in online or computer-mediated communication (CMC), are making writing more similar to speech than ever before. As writing becomes a more and more fundamental form of communication, the need for a linguistic perspective on the study of this field is made increasingly clear. The primary aim of this paper is to identify and describe emerging examples of linguistic features in CMC, so as to make clear why CMC requires further research within the field of linguistics.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program

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