Dr. Andreea Calude is a linguist who works on various aspects of language analysis, including the language of social media - a channel of communication which is increasingly pervasive in our lives. Being on social media involves using language (in addition to pictures, animations, links and videos) to share or read information, and usually to do both.
Similarly to other domains of language use, as social media expands and grows, so does the depth and range of functions for its use. The nuanced ways in which users are engaging with social media indicated that the language of such platforms is often complex and sophisticated, and a far cry from the ungrammatical and error-laden communicative exchanges often assumed of them.
Generations of social media users, People 3.0, are linguistically savvy and strategic; they are skilled in navigating different genres and registers and they are able to develop a wide linguistic repertoire in order to "get things done" online.