Digital communication has changed the way that we speak but is this change beneficial and positive or is it negative and as a consequence destructive to the English language negative?
Digital communication has become ubiquitous in the previous 10 or so years; as technology has advanced so has the method of communication. Digital communication has adapted from spoken language and have similar linguistic features. The majority of people now have mobile phone on which they can text (SMS) one another. On the other hand there is online communication such as e-mails and social messaging; all of these are efficient ways of communication nowadays. Are way that people communicate via these new methods are manipulating the English language? As Michael Deacon from the Telegraph quotes ‘Texting is making English a foreign language’ and goes to extremes of saying that ‘text language is raping our language’ on the other hand David Crystal who is pro ‘text language’ states that this is evolution of the English language, others say that texting improves literacy in children.
Emoticons are commonly used in text messaging to replace the facial gestures that we make while we talk created my using punctuation. As in example 10 I say that I don’t know how to use twitter therefore I express with an unhappy emoticon, which would be the same in contextual speak you would express an unhappy face if you didn’t know how to do something. Then in the next message (11) she replies with an ‘okay’ and a happy emoticon which reveals that she knows how to use Twitter.
This shows that Digital communication relies on facial expressions for meaning, this replaces the interactional aspect of spoken language.
The next common linguistic feature are number and letter homophones, number and letter homophones consist of replacing word or phrases with letters or numbers to make them sound the same. This feature is efficient and quicker than writing the word out. An example of this is ‘CUL8R’ which spells out ‘see you later’ this phrase consists of both number and letter homophones. On the datasheet message 17 contains the letter ‘c’ which stands for see. This homophone was used by Adam just for the purpose of speed and if he wanted to type the whole word out which would have been 3 times the length, that may not sound like a lot but on a traditional mobile keyboard this would take very long. David Crystal included in his article number and letter homophones and says that they are the most popular and have been use in the past as in puzzles.
The discount of punctuation, both...