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Hmmm. I've just been watching an OU program about information portrayed by gestures while speaking. This set me off thinking, how do we portray information beyond just words on the internet? I mean, clearly, there's a substantial difference btween "yes" and "*YES*!" but there's a lot of more subtle information there as well. For example, when I'm chatting on IRC or IM, I generally don't include trailing full stops at the ends of lines, unless I'm being deadpan. Where I use line-breaks matters as well. A long single line has a different sort of intonation to several shorter lines, even if they say exactly the same words.

I feel that there's an interesting research project buried somewhere here. I wonder if anyone has already done it.

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Well, there's this dissertation about the variety of English used on talkers, which I found quite interesting, although it may not be exactly what you're looking for. And there are probably some other things about.

Not exactly what I was thinking of, but certainly interesting none the less. One particlarly interesting bit was the mention of "meep", which seems to be fairly widespread these days, but looking back I remember that I did initially pick it up from a spod.

Oooh... idea for a masters thesis right there.

But yeah, it does make a huge difference. There is a new dialect of purely written language used on the internet. Which is why it's so bloody annoying when someone writes habitually in one long sentence with bad spelling, no capitalization, and no punctuation. It's like listening to someone who can only speak broken english with a really thick accent. You can get used to it if you try, but until you do, it's incredibly hard to understand, because they lack the subtle intonations, connotative words and idioms that make English actually understandable.

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