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does LOL ruin your English? considering diversity in language

Now, more than ever, we have the unsettling power to choose: what we read, what we watch, what we listen to, what we consume, and so on.  Surprisingly, this can actually work strongly against conventionalization.  In one study I worked on at Stanford, we found that fiction and non-fiction readers’ sensitivity to various distributions of words sharply diverged.  To translate that into non-psych babble: we found that because fiction and non-fiction readers read differently, their representations of English become measurably different over time.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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