"Txt is gr8"

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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6 responses to “"Txt is gr8"

  1. Hello! Interesting article. I was listening to CBC radio the other week and they were discussing this issue in brief. I can’t remember which program it was…maybe search engine or spark. Anyways, I find it an interesting topic because in many ways it is the evolution of the english language.

    As for the use in schools. I have varying opinions, because while I believe that we should still integrate our previous knowledge of our language (i.e. correct spelling) but at the same time I don’t want to repress the evolution of our language. With that being said, I think that things that are formal, such as professional documents, etc, that should avoid abbreviations. I’m not sure about how I feel about their use in assignments, what is your opinion on the matter? I think that I might have an inclination to say not to use them but I haven’t been in that position yet so I can’t say.

    Thank you for this article! It’s an interesting topic to debate.

  2. This is comforting. I don’t have a cell phone, so it takes me forever to try to write a text message or program the address book, so I definitely see why so many abbreviations are used. I’ve worried that our language is slowly evolving into a mash-up of numbers and consonants, so it’s good to know that students know the appropriate context to use it in. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Neat topic, and thanks for the links here Jordan!

  4. I guess in the near future we will be the ones deciding what the criteria is for our students’ writing. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves what we’re looking for. What is more important? Is it “proper/formal” use of language or is it content? Does the use of abbreviations or txt language really impair our students’ ability to create meaningful pieces of writing? I think that this is only the beginning of this debate! I can’t wait to see where it goes…

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