The Language of Text Messaging

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The Language of Text Messaging

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Texting had come around when the first cellular phones had been invented. It was originally designed for the deaf and hard of hearing people but has since grown to be an easier and cheaper way of contact than calling. The aim of texting is to be able to send quick and short messages to contacts. This is better achieved by shortening the English language which in turn created the language of texting. I believe that texting has affected phone users with their grammar and their habit to wirte proper words during examinations. I will research whether text language is detrimental to the grammatical skills of youth culture, I will also ask whether the English language should evolve more and more towards texting language. For my last question I will report on other views in how text language is portrayed.

Is the text messaging language detrimental to the grammatical skills of youth culture? In an article titled “Texting Slang Aiding Chilren’s Language Skill” by Alexander Smith, researchers found that text messaging may actually be improving and not damaging young children’s spelling skills. Children were quizzed on their use of mobile phones and were asked to translate messages between standard English and text language, as well as complete tasks to reveal their English writing, reading and spelling abliities. Suprisingly, the children who were better at spelling and writing were those of which were texters. On the downside, English examiners have complained about the use of slang expressions in GCSEs. Markers for the exams found that almost unforgivable basic errors were made by apparently bright pupils.

According to Katherine Barber of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, the fact that teens are developing new slang words is a good thing. “If the kids are picking up new words and new meanings then that means that they're playing with the language,” she says. Spelling mistakes and...
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