Texting kills the English Language…?

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Name: Is Texting Killing the English Language?
Date: 25/4/13
Author: John McWhorter

Key Ideas:

  • Argumentative text saying that texting is developing its own language.
  • Texting should stay in text form, not spoken out loud in daily conversation. e.g. “LOL that was so funny”
  • Instead of LOL having a literal meaning, it conveys an attitude. People don’t actually laugh out loud when they write the word LOL.
  • Texting and messaging reproduce the speed of talking
  • Texting is a work in progress in regards to the English Language
Language Features: Prosodic Features - Capitalisation, Emoticons. Lack of punctuation, Variation in spelling, reductions and shortenings, initialisations, pictograms (<3)
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 1: Informal Language - the relationship between the context and the features of language in informal texts. Analyse the nature, features and functions of informal written texts and transcripts of informal language

Personal Opinion: I don’t believe that texting is killing the English Language, but making it more advanced. I think that texting is a work in progress, It still has a ways to go in regards to how we talk in texting and how we talk in conversation, and I also believe that texting should stay in texts, not in spoken conversation, as it gives a certain informality to the speech that isn’t kind to people listening, it certainly isn’t enjoyable for the older community, as they will not understand what youths are saying.
“Quotes”:

    • Texting has long been bemoaned as the downfall of the written word, “penmanship for illiterates,” as one critic called it.
    • LOL signals basic empathy between texters, easing tension and creating a sense of equality.>
    • In the old days, we didn’t much write like talking because there was no mechanism to reproduce the speed of conversation.
    • All indications are that America’s youth are doing it quite well. Texting, far from being a scourge, is a work in progress.
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