ERIC Number: EJ834078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Reference Count: 5
Are Digital Media Changing Language?
Baron, Naomi S.
Educational Leadership, v66 n6 p42-46 Mar 2009
Are instant messaging and text messaging killing language? To hear what the popular media say, a handful of OMGs (oh my Gods) and smiley faces, along with a paucity of capital letters and punctuation marks, might be bringing English to its knees. Although journalists tend to sensationalize the linguistic strangeness of "online lingo," quantitative analyses of instant messaging conversations and text messages reveal that abbreviations, acronyms, and even misspellings are comparatively infrequent, at least among college-age students. However, in studying new media language the author is convinced that more fundamental linguistic changes are afoot. In this article, the author discusses several attitude shifts toward language structure.
Descriptors: Electronic Mail, Punctuation, Linguistics, Synchronous Communication, Telecommunications, Electronic Equipment, Word Processing, Popular Culture, Spelling
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