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Fleniken 1 Emily Fleniken Professor Lewis English 114A 2 December 2013 Texting and Language There are a number

of different native languages, the English language being one. For hundreds of years people have decided to change their native languages around and create a new one. A very common dialect that is used today is called the texting language. An important issue that is being brought to our attention is if texting is affecting the English language we have now. Researchers ask if we, the public, think that the texting dialect will be a part of a new language, or do we think it will end up killing the English language? In the future, the texting language will destroy the English language. Personally, I believe that texting is only hurting our language because it is a hindrance not only on how we write, personally and academically, but how we communicate verbally. The texting dialect is based off of the English language. Textism are shortened or abbreviated words that people use while texting, but these textism are now being used on everything from Facebook and Twitter to essays and professional letters. Everyday people text and most of the time we use textism to make a word shorter or because we are lazy and do not want to type the full word. We use LOL to stand for laughing out loud or BRB which means be right back. Larger words that we are not familiar with, we skip them in general. Either we cannot spell it correctly which does not matter in a text or we do not understand its meaning. There was a study conducted by Joan Lee that proved

Fleniken 2 people who texted more were less accepting of new words. Lee stated, The people who accepted more words did so because they were better able to interpret the meaning of the word, or tolerate the word, even if they did not recognize the word. Students who reported texting more rejected more words instead of acknowledging them as possible words ( By objecting new words we are not making it a point to actually learn the word all together. We can shorten the word tomorrow as tm or tmrw. A word I always had trouble spelling was definitely. I never spelled it out in a text instead I would just put deff. One time I was doing a quick write and I needed to write definitely, but I did not know how to spell it correctly so I skipped it. The fact that I constantly skipped this word and ignored its spelling affected the way I wrote when it came to having to write professionally. This experience on its own is just one of the several examples that I have dealt with, as well as many of my peers. These textism have been around since the 1800s but technology has not which is why they have became a major issue now. Back then people did not have computers, television or cell phones. They were not using technological devices everyday where they would use textism. They spoke the English language how it was made to be before all the technological advancements were made. In 1973 the first mobile phone was invented, but that was a basic phone just used for making calls, not able to send text messages. In the 1930s-1940s the computer was invented. Every couple decades a new type of technology was being invented. There was approximately over 100 years between the time textism and all these devices were made. Once the phone started to advance and get more complex the use of textism became more common. People thought it would be easier to use shortcuts instead of typing out the full word not knowing it was only harming them

Fleniken 3 by doing it. In the 1800s people did not speak in the texting language, they spoke in the English language. Now a days people barely know which language to use. Having cell phones today has become more convenient in ways for communicating, but they still hurt the English language because we do not gain any knowledge by using them while texting. For example, our everyday busy lives sometimes make us feel lazy so we do not properly punctuate and spell words out. The new and advanced cell phones in this generation have made it a common and natural thing to use abbreviations and short text. Since we have the ability to use textism we take that opportunity and use it. Yes there is spellcheck included, but majority of people turn it off and program their phones so that they can use textism. All you have to do is simply go into the settings on your phone and add short cuts for different words. Using short cuts, and abbreviations has become an everyday occurrence for everyone when it comes to texting or spelling in general. I used to turn off my spellchecker so I could spell words the way I wanted and shorten them. Whether this is beneficial or not, it makes life a lot easier for myself and others, and sometimes may even look more appealing to the readers on the other side. Even though texting is much easier, you cannot bring those textism into the professional world because they will not find the texting dialect appealing like your peers might. Since we use textism everyday we get so comfortable with using them that we forget how not to. When we go to write a paper we do not notice when we put them in because that is how we always type. Personally I have written essays and gone to spell check and caught myself using them. We are not doing anything to stop ourselves from speaking and writing incorrectly. Not only does the texting dialect hurt our writing skills,

Fleniken 4 but it is also weakening our communication skills. I bet more teens pick up their phone and text rather than sitting down to read a book. By texting all the time we are not being educated in any way. If we read an article or two a day from a magazines or newspaper, I bet we would be surprised at how many different words we could learn or would even notice. In the study done by Joan Lee it proves that people who read more print media were more accepting of the same words. Lee suggests that reading traditional print media exposes people to variety and creativity in language that is not found in the colloquial peer-to-peer text messaging used among youth or generation text ( From the daily use of textism, I feel the texting dialect is only going to get worse and quickly evolve into a whole new language because of technology. You see two year olds on Ipads and they can work them better than a teenager. My twelve-year-old cousin has an IPhone and texts. When I was her age I could barely use a phone to call without getting confused. The generations below us are being introduced to technological devices a lot sooner than they should. By the time they hit high school and college I feel their writing skills will not be at the right levels. I am eighteen years old and I still struggle to write papers without using textism. I do not think a thirteen year old who texts everyday will be able to tell the difference between the texting language and English language in five years. Even if the students are book smart I think if they text everyday they will use textism without even noticing it. Technology has advanced around the world because people across the country can receive messages in seconds. The speed at which tweets, posts and text messages can be sent is very real. The Internet is the fastest way to connection to people or spread news. Even though it is really convenient to be able to send messages in a matter of seconds, it

Fleniken 5 can be used in a negative way as well. In the United States we rely on the Internet and our devices too much. Reforming Egypt in 140 Characters? by Dennis Baron is a reading from They Say I Say. Baron says, Although Americans cant seem to survive without the constant stimulus of digital multitasking, much of the rest of the world barely notices when the cable is down. Our country has let the technology advances take over our daily lives to where people feel they cannot survive without the use of their devices. All these technologies can foment revolution, but they can also be used to suppress dissent (Baron). Texting will not evolve and better the English language. Textism are killing the English language because texting degrades a native language that people use daily. Texting being a language that was invented mostly by teens and younger generation is not a fully developed language where as the English language is very proper. The texting dialect does not sound formal and most of the time it is not using correct spelling and grammar. It is important to sound grammatically correct when you write and speak because it looks and sounds professional. If you were to apply for a job using the texting dialect there is a very good chance you will not get the job. They want someone who sounds educated and can write professionally. Not only jobs or career based instances but when it comes to the university and school level, it is just as relevant to be able to spell properly. Using textism makes your writing look inexperienced and written by an individual with not a lot of knowledge on how certain words are spelled and their importances. People were always taught how to talk and write based off of the English language that they grew up to know. Changing that original dialect to a whole new one would change several different aspects of the writing and English speaking language. As

Fleniken 6 convenient as textism may be, in reality it is not very beneficial to the younger generations, as it sets up the idea that it is satisfactory to use such texts. And as for the older crowds that should already be adjusted to the developed English text, it does not greaten their writing skills, but yet may worsen them as time goes on.

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Works Cited Baron, Dennis. Reforming Egypt in 140 Characters? They Say I Say. Eds. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: WW Norton and Company, 2012. 329-34. Print. Texting affects ability to interpret words. ScienceDaily. University of Calgary, 16 Feb. 2012. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.