WEBINAR – ‘Spoken Writing’ or ‘Written Speech’? The Potentiality and Consequences of English ‘Netspeak’


The Postgraduate Department of English Bishop Chulaparambil Memorial College, Kottayam are conducting a Webinar entitled ‘Spoken Writing’ or ‘Written Speech’? The Potentiality and Consequences of English ‘Netspeak’ by Dr. Reenu Punnoose, Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Palakkad on 18th May 2020 from 11am-12pm.
Register online using the link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd5wE6aPgJYL3695A4EzqxN2QRmv0tyJR-z–STJy_HlfrlWg/viewform?usp=sf_link
•     Please note that registration will be limited on a first-come-first –serve basis.
•    An email containing the Webinar commencement invitation will be sent to registered participants 30 minutes prior to webinar presentation (May 18th 2020).
•    An e- certificate will be provided to all the participants.
•Please note, that once the meeting begins, the participants are requested to introduce themselves through the chat box by typing their Full name and name of College / University they represent.This will be treated as attendance and certificates will be issued for the attendees only.
•    Further information : Ms. Ponnu Liz Malieckal ( Webinar Co-ordinator) at 9846683495 and Ms. Riya Susan Scariah ( HoD, Department of English) at 9446146989.
 About Dr. Reenu Punnoose 
Reenu received her B.A. degree in English from Stella Maris College (affiliated to the University of Madras) in 2005, her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of York (U.K) in 2007 and her PhD in Linguistics from Newcastle University (U.K) in 2011. She taught briefly in the Linguistics department at the Central University of Kerala in the 2013-2014 academic year. She was awarded a three year UGC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2015, the Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (including languages), which she took up at the Centre for Linguistics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
‘Spoken Writing’ or ‘Written Speech’? The Potentiality and Consequences of English ‘Netspeak’
Even though the presence of English content online has reduced from an overwhelming 80 % in the 90s to around 50% in the last few years, English continues to be the most represented language on the internet. In the last two decades or more, with the advent of social media platforms in particular, online social interactions have become a significant part of an internet user’s life.  Not surprisingly, then, how we express ourselves online, i.e. our use of languages has also greatly been influenced by both the potential and the constraints of the online world, most evident perhaps in the case of English.  The first part of this talk will focus on some of the ways in which the Internet has impacted the English.The second part of the talk, will look at  how the accelerated changes in the English language pose a challenge to our notions of correctness; how, on the one hand, the internet contributes to exacerbating the digital divide amongst English users of differing proficiency levels while on the other hand, it has also created a democratic space for a variety of Englishes to be represented.