Text Messaging and the Downfall of Civilization

Photo Credit: Melina Sampaio Manfrinatti  https://www.flickr.com/photos/melinamanfrinatti/8391988575/in/photolist-dMz8Qc-ewLuku-4zV17D-7Q3yxg-7Q3ySM-7Q6Tmb-7Q3yGV-7Q3yr4-7Q6TFA-7Q6TDs-7Q3yPz-D8G6s-o7wbn9-87N6MS-8L8DNR-6yCkVK-8KJhTd-eyNL71-8R2vVK-98G55G-8eFE3D-oyiNbi-o8HzEs-68rFgK-dHEWp-fwfo9x-8eJS1L-cnr4r5-8eJV6J-8eFzux-aUbvWF-aUbviF-6BVufY-8eJZfS-8eFzdR-8eJUHQ-8eJUnQ-8eJYU9-8eJWc1-6Q3UVm-cZdoVj-8eFyDk-aKPi8T-8eJXRU-8eFDq6-pR8z8t-8eJYcq-8eJTmN-8eJVHw-8eFCjV






Mobile phones are a multifaceted scourge; they’ve been blamed for everything from poor social skills to short attention spans. As a linguist, I’m intrigued by one particular claim: that texting makes people illiterate. Not only are text messages short (and thus unsuited for complex ideas), they’re riddled with near-uninterpretable abbreviations: idk, pls, gr8. Young people are especially vulnerable to these altered forms; critics frequently raise the specter of future students studying a Hamlet who texts 2B or not 2B…… . . . → Read More: Text Messaging and the Downfall of Civilization






Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World

Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World

. . . → Read More: Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World

Some unsolved questions about the languages of the Jews

Image

. . . → Read More: Some unsolved questions about the languages of the Jews

Bilingual Language Acquisition

9781107673151

. . . → Read More: Bilingual Language Acquisition

Sapir, Whorf, and the hypothesis that wasn’t

9780521716567

. . . → Read More: Sapir, Whorf, and the hypothesis that wasn’t

Competition: Win 5 Cambridge University Press books of your choice!

. . . → Read More: Competition: Win 5 Cambridge University Press books of your choice!

David Crystal: Champion of the English Language

. . . → Read More: David Crystal: Champion of the English Language

October Competition!

. . . → Read More: October Competition!