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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Language changes with time

It is not that long ago that language in its current form was somewhat understable universally. If you want to take a test, just try to understand English written during the Middle Ages, Shakespeare or even something newer. It can be tough, when you don't have the patience and experience. This is to say that language is a living thing, not something that has been put into stone.

I strongly believe that technology changes not only culture or cultural values but language or communication as well.

Now, a "Cambridge University study has found that text messaging has boosted the ability of teenagers to write. The study found that "today's teenagers are using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're also "ten times more likely to use non-standard English in written exams than in 1980, using colloquial words, informal phrases and text-messaging shorthand - such as m8 for 'mate', 2 instead of 'too' and u for 'you'."

Is that a problem? Not if you consider this as an evolutionary trend.

It is up to you to decide if you want to perceive these changes as positive or negative. But whatever you decide, things are changing anyway.

(By Asia Business Consulting)