Text-speak: language evolution or just laziness? (The Telegraph)

Text-speak: language evolution or just laziness? (The Telegraph).

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2 thoughts on “Text-speak: language evolution or just laziness? (The Telegraph)

  1. David Crystal, one of the preeminent linguists of English, has an entirely different take on this subject. His article here is worth reading:
    Crystal, David. “2B or Not 2B?” Guardian, July 5, 2008.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jul/05/saturdayreviewsfeatres.guardianreview

    Of the many salient points he makes, this paragraph is perhaps my favorite:

    “An extraordinary number of doom-laden prophecies have been made about the supposed linguistic evils unleashed by texting. Sadly, its creative potential has been virtually ignored. But five years of research has at last begun to dispel the myths. The most important finding is that texting does not erode children’s ability to read and write. On the contrary, literacy improves. The latest studies (from a team at Coventry University) have found strong positive links between the use of text language and the skills underlying success in standard English in pre-teenage children. The more abbreviations in their messages, the higher they scored on tests of reading and vocabulary. The children who were better at spelling and writing used the most textisms. And the younger they received their first phone, the higher their scores.”

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