(Proposing Weblinguistics as the sociolinguistics study of daily language use in the web)

Prof. Dr. Drs. H. Giyoto, M.Hum
Institut Agama Islam Negeri Surakarta

Daily interaction now has been dominated by the use of web mainly in the global digital community, by which the use of web is much easier, cheaper, broader, faster, recorded/lasting, and more accurate. The community interacts doubly using the web densely in their interaction either in term of how many people they get involved in or how many message they talk. One may have much more web-based interactions than direct physical interaction in a day using the social media or the others either in group or personal communication. The web-based software application, nowadays, has shaped the way people interact while its model has its own ways of how to interact in that software. The web-based interaction has developed many social communities which are not only based on the geographical, ethical, tribal, cultural, but also on the web media they use. Sociolinguists enter to the very dense forest of daily web-based interactions in their study, which needs a specific study area and a specific way in its study, which I propose in this article as Weblinguistics, as a part of sociolinguistics study. Web is used in this name because web is the contents of message in the internet, as its software, while internet is its infrastructure, as its hardware. This will support the applied sociolinguistics in learning the language, forensic linguistics, social and cultural conflict, language planning, language maintenance, language policy, language standardization, and the others. This is the invitation to study more about the use of language in the web which has a very specific characters of the way the community uses the language.

*Naskah pidato pengukuhan Guru Besar Prof Dr Giyoto, M.Hum, 16 Oktober 2020

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