Texting Language

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The New Texting Language: Bilingual or Lazy?
The use of cell phones has taken over this generation’s communication with each other. According to Timothy Barranco, he says that in “Today’s society the youth are becoming bilingual without even realizing it.” (Barranco Pg.27) The author analyzes whether the texting language can be considered a second language, or is the new language just another way for Americans to diminish the English language.

In the article “A Way with Words, or Away with Words: Effect of Texting and IM’ing on Language,” Timothy Barranco debates whether the texting language will have a positive or negative impact on our English language. The author argues that the youth are becoming “bilingual,” whereas others believe the text language is a “degradation of proper English.” (Barranco Pg., 27) Being bilingual at a young age will allow for better opportunities in the future when it comes to jobs. The author conducts research on this subject by contacting Naomi Baron a professor of linguistics at the American University in Washington D.C; which includes “teenagers naturally drift away from the txt language.” (Baron Pg.28) Barranco compares the modern text language to the Ebonics language in the article and argues that regardless for what kind of dialect is being spoken, it should be valued for expanding new ways to use the English language. The topic of texting being a concern is nothing new says Barranco; he believes people will always question change, so the texting language should not be something to fret over. The author concludes with a statement saying that people should accept change and use the language as a tool instead of considering it a burden. The author uses powerful rhetorical strategies in order to covey his message that include the new texting language is simply a creative tool for today’s youth, and we should utilize it, not ridicule the language on a daily basis. Barranco’s use of ethos, logos, and style of writing were all factors in presenting an effective message to his audience.

The word “txt” can be seen throughout the article, helping to relate readers to the way in which the text language is used. Barranco’s style of writing, during the article is very effective; he uses abbreviations and breaks down what exactly the texting langue is for people who have less knowledge on the subject. However the author emphasizes that in order to “be able to shorten the words into an abbreviated phrase one must know its constituents.” (Barranco Pg.28) Therefore he is defending the point he made that texting is not harming individuals, but rather helping society by having the youth become bilingual. Barranco implies that the texting language can be considered a second language since individuals will need to know the full English language first, before they could ever abbreviate the words. Barranco’s diction in this article is very simple and to the point, which benefits him due to the fact that readers will have an easier time relating to what he is arguing about. He compares the texting language to Ebonics, which older generations might be more familiar with; and he uses phrases such as “IM’s” that the younger generation will be familiar with. The author’s use of diction also exemplifies how much more convenient everything has become from him since the internet; “Sharing of opinions, ideas, philosophies has never been easier with the internet just a click away.” (Barranco Pg. 29) The authors use of abundant reliable sources helps readers to better understand his point of view on the texting language.

The author ridicules the opposing argument which says that the texting language will stay with people their whole lives, and affect people receiving jobs in the future. Barranco immediately diminishes these comments by saying, “This agreement contains some major flaws.” (Barranco pg. 27) The presence of these errors is supported with evidence, found by Sali Tagliamonte and Derek Denis, from the...
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