Tag: internet

Indian Languages Outpacing English Online

According to a recent study, the growth of Indian language internet users is growing at 18% per year, so that by 2021 the total will reach 531 million, which will be nearly 75% of India’s total internet users. This growth has been attributed to the availability of mobile data...

Fulfilling the Technological Promise

Language Magazine asks luminaries in the EdTech landscape what to expect and what we can hope for in 2018I am hoping that school district leaders increasingly focus on making the most of the amazing technology that has emerged to instruct and improve student outcomes. I am also looking to see a positive spillover effect in 2018 from current conversations on...

Keeping the Internet Real

Amid all the talk of fake news, misinformation, and abuse of personal information, the ongoing battle to save net neutrality has been pushed to the background. The net neutrality rules, which passed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015, prevent broadband and wireless companies from blocking or slowing internet...

Social Climbing

Yue Meng and Nile Stanley see the educational value in social networking sitesIf you type “Facebook educational usage” into Google, it will show millions of relevant sites in just .278 seconds. With the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites, such as Twitter and Renren (China), there is an assumption that such sites are useful in classrooms and...

The Icelandic Language, Nationalism, and the Internet

In 2013, a paper by András Kornai entitled “Digital Language Death” estimated that only 5% of the world's languages would ascend into the digital realm, and that the rest would die off in a massive language extinction. While this has greatly been true for many indigenous languages, the globalizing effects of the Internet and other English-language technologies have threatened...

Information Inequality and the Languages of the Internet

The Guardian recently published an interactive guide by Holly Young, editor of the Case for Language Learning series on education, that details how language barriers shape internet user experiences. English was the first language used online and by the mid 1990's made up 80% of web-based content. Now 80% of the internet is dominated by ten languages: English, Chinese,...

Emojis and the Language of the Internet

People have been complaining about language being ruined by younger generations for thousands of years. Linguist John McWhorter noted that a Roman scholar in 63 AD complained about Latin students writing in an “artificial language” when they were writing in a language that would later become French. While teen text language, fraught with acronyms and emoticons, may be frowned...

How Internet Slang Enters ASL Vernacular

As the Oxford dictionary updates its lexicon with Internet-y terms such as “lolcat” (a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous and typically misspelled caption) and “hawt” (an informal spelling of hot), speakers of American Sign Language (ASL) adapt to tech-lingo as well. Change in ASL happens the same way as any other language, with new trends and...