Text messaging is alienating English speakers from their native tongue and confusing non-natives who wish to learn the language. It promotes mis-spelling. English is a beautiful tongue with a rich literary history which does not deserve to be overshadowed by phrases like ‘c u l8r’ and ‘megalolz’.
Texting has long been bemoaned as the downfall of the written word, “penmanship for illiterates,” as one critic called it. To which the proper response is LOL. Texting properly isn’t writing at all — it’s actually more akin to spoken language. And it’s a “spoken” language that is getting richer and more complex by the year.
NOTE: The word texting was officially recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary as of June 15, 2006. However, it's still unrecognized by most spell checkers. It's a well-known fact that language is in a constant state of evolution. The question is whether texting language should be considered a language change or a language decline.
How texting changed language. ... Texting also popularized the practice of replacing entire words with ... if any, vernacular will penetrate the English language from other services, like WhatsApp ...
However, a separate British study of students ages 8–12 discovered a link between text messages and high performance on standardized spelling tests. It is uncertain whether text messaging has doomed the future of the English language, but one thing is for sure: Students will continue to text.
A command of texting seems to indicate a broader facility for language. And these students seem to switch easily between text messaging and standard English. Unfortunately for teachers, the research also suggests that many students who use texting in their schoolwork are disdainful of the alternative.
If text speech is here to stay, then it still poses no threat to the English language. As a matter of fact it is a segmented part of the English language. Much like a dialect, text speech has developed as a written form. As well noted, it differs greatly in structure, form and style from Standard English.
John McWhorter’s 2013 TED Talk “Txting is killing language. JK!!!” further supports the idea that teens are language innovators. He believes their creative development of the English language should be not mocked, but studied, calling texting “an expansion of [young people’s] linguistic repertoire.”
The defence of the English language implies more than this, and perhaps it is best to start by saying what it does not imply. To begin with it has nothing to do with archaism, with the salvaging of obsolete words and turns of speech, or with the setting up of a ‘standard English’ which must never be departed from.
The argument against the use of text message language is that it hinders people’s ability to speak and write “properly.” But two well-known linguists are among those who say that text message language is no threat to standard English. David Crystal has argued that the advent of textese reveals how dynamic language is. In addition, he says ...