David Crystal - The G8 Debate and John McWhorter - Fingered Speech

What is David Crystal's general view on texting for the English language?
He thinks it is good for the English language.
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What is David's Crystals profession?
Professor of Linguistics - backs up his views.
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Texting Myth 1) Texting is only done by the younger generations. What evidence is there that goes against this?
80% of mobile phone users are adults, according to Crystal.
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Texting Myth 2) Messages are filled with abbreviated words/phrases by teenagers. What evidence supports this?
There were only 160 characters per text when TG8D was put forward, causing abbreviations to be made.
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Texting Myth 3) Abbreviations in text were invented by kids/teenagers. What evidence goes against this?
Queen Victoria used abbreviations in her letters, such as 'cu'.
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Texting Myth 4) Abbreviations means kids do not know how to spell. What evidence goes against this?
The fact that you'd have to know the word in the first place in order to abbreviate it. Real-life examples of kids essays disprove this, according to Crystal.
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Texting Myth 5) Children are becoming more illiterate as texting reflects normal writing. What evidence goes against this?
Texting is an everyday form of literacy practise.
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What is Vowel Omission? Give an example.
Leaving out vowel sounds, 'pls'.
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Single Letters/numbers used based on sound simularities, 'cr8, 2l8'. What key term is this?
Homophonic Representation.
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What is Phonic Spelling? Give an example.
Spelling that represents the sound of a word as opposed to it's conventional spelling, 'cos'.
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Abbreviation that uses the first letter of a group of words and are pronounced as individual letters, 'dwb'. What key term is this?
Initialism.
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What is Acronymy? Give an example.
Abbreviating words by using the first letter of a group of words. A single word, 'lol'.
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Deliberate use of non-standard spelling for effect, 'wot', 'wen'. What key term is this?
Variant Spelling.
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How does John McWhorter view texting? What is his general view?
That we text how we would talk in real life. 'Texting isn't written language...it's spoken language'. - TED 2013.
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What are Pragmatic Particles?
Any feature that would show emotion behind a word. This can either be words or, in modern times, emojis.
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What is McWhorter's view on the word 'lol' and it's meaning overtime?
It once meant 'laughing out loud', but now has become something with a subtler meaning.
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Why does he have this viewpoint? - Refer to TED 2013.
He points out a college student's use of the word 'lol' and how it was used in an unfunny situation during a text conversation. Stating 'lol' has become far subtler.
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McWhorter argues that mobile phones can keep up with the pace of human speech, thus why texting is more like spoken language and not written. True or False?
True - They are speedy and convenient. Other tools such as pencils and even computers could't keep up with the pace of human speech.
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What is David's Crystals profession?

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Professor of Linguistics - backs up his views.

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Texting Myth 1) Texting is only done by the younger generations. What evidence is there that goes against this?

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Texting Myth 2) Messages are filled with abbreviated words/phrases by teenagers. What evidence supports this?

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Texting Myth 3) Abbreviations in text were invented by kids/teenagers. What evidence goes against this?

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