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ERIC Number: EJ951275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
Digitalk: Community, Convention, and Self-Expression
Turner, Kristen Hawley
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v110 n1 p263-282 2011
Teens write all the time: They post messages to social networks; they chat via instant message (IM); they communicate by text. In all of these digital spaces, they write. However, the language that they use in these venues often does not follow the rules of standard written English (SWE). They experiment with language, manipulating SWE in ways that reflect both the norms of their community and their individual needs for self-expression. The result is "digitalk," the complex and fascinating combination of written and conversational languages that adolescents use in digital settings. Despite the complexity of language evident in conversations in teens, teachers, parents, and popular media often bemoan the linguistic practices of today's teens, arguing that their digital writing, riddled with errors, is negatively influencing their academic work. Questions about the veracity of these claims are important. More important, however, is understanding the nature of the language that dominates the out-of-school writing of teens. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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