Research directions and activities
The Internet offers linguists a huge number of research opportunities. It is such a novel, diverse, and large phenomenon that students at any level are virtually guaranteed to make interesting discoveries when they explore a topic. The downside, of course, is that there may be little or no previous literature on the topic for them to use as a model. I am often approached by students wanting to explore a particular topic in Internet linguistics who ask if anything has been published on it already. In most cases, I know of nothing, and can only suggest they explore the indexes of online journals – such as the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication or [email protected] – to see what is there.1 The more languages they are able to read, the more they will find, as a great deal of relevant material is published in languages other than English. I am always conscious of my own other-language limitations, when it comes to compiling an Internet linguistic bibliography.