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Does Texting Impact Students Language ?

One of the salient linguistic phenomenon that has come about as a direct result of the use of digital devices is using language in a shortened form. When dashing off an email or sms to one's friend users are usually trying to communicate the maximum using "language in chunks". This is particularly worse when using handheld devices where the tiny keyboards are a pain in the butt.

The pressing need to communicate quickly without having to spend so much time typing drove "texters" to invent new linguistic forms of language which sometimes are really hard to understand unless you are a member of the affinity space where such forms are used. Some popular forms include: LoL( laughing out loud, TTYL ( talk to you later), b4u( before you), PPL( people)... and the list goes on.

I have been reading some articles on this linguistic phenomenon and I still can't make up my mind about whether this is a healthy linguistic habit or not. However, I am sharing with you some resources on this topic and I am looking forward to hear what you think of it.

1- How Texting is changing English
This is a great article from Grammar Girl in which she argues in favour of the impact of texting on English language.

2- John McWorther: Txtng is Killing Language JK!!


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