Recently I began following Ewan McIntosh on del.icio.us. I came across an interesting article that he bookmarked, “Expert says txt is gr8 for 4 language.” In the article, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, David Crystal states that text does not hamper language rather it “enriches language.” Crystal also states that in his research he has found that students don’t tend to use a lot of abbreviations in their work. This article is from Wales and I am curious as to whether research done in North America would be similar. It also makes me wonder if abbreviations will be/are ever accepted in schools as part of assignments? Are abbreviations such a bad thing? Does it depend on the context in which they are used?
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