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The Study of Internet Language Functions from the Perspective of Language Variation and Change: Case Study of 2020-2021 Buzz Words

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DOI: 10.23977/trance.2022.040103 | Downloads: 12 | Views: 250


Tang Jialin 1


1 Shenzhen Campus, Jinan University, Shenzhen, China

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Tang Jialin


With the rapid development of Internet technology and social media, Internet language has been wide-spread and often used among individuals and groups. As a crucial part of contemporary culture, it is a significant tool to reveal and study the development and complexity of society. The application and blossom of Internet language is a double-edged sword. How to regulate and guide its development to benefit Chinese cultural construction needs further study. In this paper, the author aims to analyze the mechanism of Internet language change and spread from the perspective of language change and variation. Additionally, it makes an adaptive application of four functions mentioned in Sociolinguistics based on the characteristics of Internet language: youth culture, stratification, informational sign, emotional communication. Moreover, the paper illustrate four functions with four different cases to analyze the connection and relation between Internet language and its users.


Internet language, Language variation and change, Functions


Tang Jialin, The Study of Internet Language Functions from the Perspective of Language Variation and Change: Case Study of 2020-2021 Buzz Words. Transactions on Comparative Education (2022) Vol. 4: 22-29. DOI:


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