Abstract When sending text messages on their mobile phone to friends, children often use a special type of register, which is called textese. This register allows the omission of words and the use of textisms:
Writer, traveller, dad, goon. Debatable, as we shall see. But is text messaging along with other forms of digital communication changing English?
U bttr beleve it. Not a 1 though: We've all heard the stories: Is text messaging ruining English?
Look in the big dictionary at the library: Maybe it already has. New technology spawns new words, just like all new culture does. But to argue that this is a bad thing is to deny the very flexibility that makes language useful. Just ask two guys who probably added more words to the English language than anybody, William Shakespeare and Noah Webster.
Is text messaging going to contribute some neologisms to our language? Of course it will "Text message" went into Webster's a long time ago. Is every stupid thing kids put in their texts going to become a word?
Then she would whip me with a ruler coated in broken glass and lock me back in the basement to subsist off buckets of rainwater and fish heads. Well, part of that is true, anyway.
Anyone else remember this lesson? All these years, and now I'm doing it wrong? I feel like the practitioner of some archaic art that's no longer used, like a web designer still using Frames.
Indeed, I can't say that texting alone caused this, but something did, and it happened right around the time that everyone started getting cell phones. At the very least, texting put the nail in the coffin: Besides me, of course, right before I delete them and painfully recall that everything I know is wrong.
As much as it kills me, though, I can't see anything wrong with moving to one space after a sentence. It's not like we can't tell when the sentence is finished; that's what the period is for.
I suppose being able to fit one more character into a Tweet is a good thing, and over the course of a really long book, it probably saves a couple pages.
So for everycopies of Atlas Shrugged that are printed, we save like two trees. And everyone loves trees. According to this articlenearly 16, thousand words have been stripped of their hyphens in recent dictionary versions: Is this a problem?
Hard to say; some people never liked the hyphen in the first place. Certainly, the character is an awkward one to reach for on many phone keypads, and those who text often won't be sad to see it go. And though silly abbreviations and truncated spellings are two solutions to this problem, so are eliminating superfluous words and not rambling on.
Or in other words, being a better writer. The SAT and ACT and other tests are huge on concise writing and grammatical brevity, and as someone peripherally involved in education, I have to say this is one area where I think texting is actually helping kids' writing.
One thing high school kids suck at most is padding up their essays' word counts by repeating the same things over and over again, and finally I have a way of relating this to them other than saying "don't do this or you'll be working at Arby's your whole life".
Yes, there's the short-attention-span thing, but one could argue kids had that problem way before they ever got cell phones. And to those who argue that texting, while discouraging wordiness, also encourages simple sentences with limited vocabulary, I'd like to point to another type of writing that strictly limits the number and types of words people can use.
Cramming a verbose thought -- even if it's just about what a jerk your BFF is being -- into a terse text message requires the ability to manipulate language. And isn't that all writing is? A recent New York Times study showed that while American students' math scores have increased significantly in recent years, their reading scores have barely improved at all.
Could texting be to blame? But don't we still have kids winning spelling bees and getting into Harvard? Do the results above show that we're doing something wrong in reading, or something right in math?It is accurate to say that the use of texting impacts teenager’s language skills which in turn can impact our English language.
Language Skills: Some researchers have begun exploring how text messaging affects student’s language skills and surprisingly, they find a positive correlation.
An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i. Founded in , EF English Live has been at the cutting edge of language learning for nearly two decades, having been the first to pioneer a hour teacher-led online English course.
English teacher Carrie Beth Buchanan sees the effects of students’ growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the “i before e” literary dilemma. An English teacher sees the effects of students' growing up in an age when communication is done in an abbreviated text language and where they depend on autocorrect to automatically solve the "i.
Apr 25, · To which the proper response is LOL. Texting properly isn’t writing at all — it’s actually more akin to spoken language. And it’s a “spoken” language that is getting richer and more complex by the year.
First, some historical perspective. Writing was only invented 5, years ago, whereas language probably traces back at least 80, years.