Twitter, Facebook, Texting- you name it. All forms of social media are used daily like breathing air. Since the majority of young adults write so many tweets and comments per second, acronyms, written slang, and jargon are created. There is LOL, omw, btw, and the list goes on and on. How will this transform the written English language? Are the transformations positive or negative? Or are these transformations creating something entirely new?
You can also mention how urbandictionary is sometimes used in court, because the witnesses talk in so much slang that they need someone to refer to it. Words like 'ratchet' and 'dope' have their own double meaning now, which can be hard for people trying to learn English. – YsabelGo7 years ago
I don't think this is only an English phenomenon. Would be interesting to have a look at other languages as well, maybe find some funny acronyms or changes of language that are particularly striking. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun7 years ago
Anyone writing on this topic should probably start by reading some of the linguist David Crystal's work, such as his book called Txting: the Gr8 Db8. He carefully avoids and debunks the "end of civilization" approach to this topic and also looks at languages besides English. – laurajeffries7 years ago
This topic sounds interesting, but should definitely include a callback to how language has historically developed and evolved to become whole new ones, especially considering English's Mr. Shakespeare. English itself is a unique case of blended languages stealing from others, etc. – smartstooge7 years ago
The evolution of text based language: and believe me it does evolve. The abbreviations and terms used today, are not the same of yesterday. Language is always evolving and so we go from lol to lml, going ham to goat, web searching to googling. Language is affected on a larger spectrum than we sometimes realize. From the microcosm of adolescent fads to the larger picture of a world shaped by the... devolution of language? – george7 years ago
I thought it was interesting going from high school to college and seeing how my peers changed their text message writing. In high school, we all used shorthand, but as we aged (and texts no longer had word limits) we began to type in full sentences again. Does this have to do with phones that suggest words for you? Full keypads? No word limits? – cc3277 years ago