Alphabet to E-mail

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Alphabet to E-mail
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Author Dr. Naomi Baron
Country United States
Language English
Subject Linguistics
Published 2000 (Routledge)
Media type Print
Pages 316
ISBN 0-415-18685-4
LC Class PE1075

Alphabet to E-mail: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading (ISBN 0-415-18685-4) is a book by linguist Dr. Naomi Baron, a professor of Linguistics at American University, Washington, D.C.. It was first published in 2000, published by Routledge Press.[1]

In it, Baron explores the history of the English language in written form, and considers how it has evolved through its history, ending with an evaluation of the state of the English language today, and how the Internet and the use of email and text messaging has affected it.[2]

Baron considered that email did not have an inherent writing style, and believed it was evolving to resemble speech.[2][3] She also expressed her disappointment with the effect of electronic means of communication upon the written word.[4]

Baron noted that 25 years of research revealed that:

".. people offer more accurate and complete information about themselves when filling out questionnaires using a computer than when completing the same form on paper or through a face-to-face interview. The differences were especially marked when the information at issue was personally sensitive."[3]


  1. ^ Kharif, Olga (22 April 2001). "The Man Who Brought a :-) to Your Screen". BloombergBusiness. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Baron, Naomi (11 April 2011). "Put On a Public Face". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Varchaver, Nicholas (17 February 2003). "The Perils Of E-mail". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  4. ^ Fahmy, Sameh (14 May 2002). "E-mail and the mangling of the English language". USA Today. Retrieved 1 February 2016.

External links

  • Google Books entry

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