Hi...I prefer the King's English...or is it really the Queen's ?
I don't really have a strong opinion on this one way or the other.
No-one ever sends me text messages because I haven't got a mobile phone. If anyone ever gave me a mobile it would go straight in the bin. The mobile phone is a tool of the anti-Christ.
thnx (or some such ****)
Jokes aside, I dont care about language snobbery, as long as I can understand its all good. The purpose of language is solely to convey communication. If it acheives that it is perfect.
Yes the purpose of language is communication and all living languages evolve. But to me texting malarkey is more to do with the technology and helps to hide poor linguistic ability. No wonder universities are now starting to find students coming onto degree courses who are, for want of a better phrase, semi illiterate.
e.g. random choice from the internet:
"...concerns raised by staff and external examiners on the poverty of students' language skills make it clear that the poverty of literacy skills amongst students is not a problem unique to Cardiff University. Literacy levels have been identified as a national problem with some students in British universities demonstrating poor literacy skills and requiring training in spelling, punctuation as well as in structuring essays."
Guide to Improving Literacy - Cardiff University
Anyway, I even refuse to own a wireless communications device, let alone a texting device. This is a totally technology-driven intervention in the linear development of evolutionary human language systems.
texting has not been around long enough as an excuse why college students can't write...but as evolution of language goes and writing...techonology has always been at the forefront...Yes the purpose of language is communication and all living languages evolve. But to me texting malarkey is more to do with the technology and helps to hide poor linguistic ability. No wonder universities are now starting to find students coming onto degree courses who are, for want of a better phrase, semi illiterate.
Hi TE and Snoopy and All
I have known lots of teachers, too. In all levels of education. Teachers, like the rest of us, cannot be all painted with the same brush, IMO. Some people care, and some people don't. I find that more often than not, teachers DO care about what they are doing, and most are quite dedicated.
They are also limited in various ways by various programs, many of them set up by politicians who say one thing about education and do another. (And I'm not painting all of them with the same brush, either, but initiatives can get lost in political red tape and campaign desires way too often. I know it is most definitely true where I live.) I think if our teachers were paid more fairly for what they do, we'd see more of them stay in the profession. Over and over, I have seen teachers pay for their own classroom supplies out of their pockets because the budget does not allow for enough. And then, they turn around and get reprimended for doing so! Lose/lose situation for the students.
I also think that parents have to work at knowing what is going on with younger students, and so many of them are pressed for time in this gotta-have-two-incomes-work-away-from-home world in which so many of us must engage just to make ends meet. So, parents have their part to do as well as teachers, but the blame game too often takes over between these stressed parties.
Text messaging terms have no doubt entered our collective vocabulary, but I don't see it as completely replacing or altering other standards of communication, especially scholarly standards. If we couldn't get Esperanza going, I don't think we are under a massive threat from text messaging. Language is constantly evolving for any number of reasons--one reason I think history is important. I wish it were applied to linguistics on a wider scale in general education.