mdk at shadowcatsystems.co.uk
Mon Jul 21 12:32:52 BST 2008
> What some people (and I'm talking in general here rather than
> specifically about you, whom I don't know) do not understand is that
> language is not a static thing, it continually evolves over the ages
> and the use of contractions such as these are a sign of the times of
> small keypads and busy lives. Evolution is a good thing not a bad
> thing. Popularity decides what survives not the hurtful bullying of
> statements like yours which mirrors (imho) the behaviour of early
> christans in this country towards the more native religions such as
> myrians ;-)
Good points but not completely accurate. I absolutely agree that
language is evolutionary, but that is mostly in relation to spoken, not
written language. I am afraid that written language is a skilled subset
of communication and one that has not 'static' but 'established' rules.
This thesis you are prescribing in which a sub-group of people, texters
etc., are evolving written language does not actually match the facts.
That text/lol/l33t was the popular choice was once true, for a limited
period. But with the technological advents such as predictive text and
auto-grammatical correction and the demographic shift of more age
groups, specifically middle and old-age people texting and using
computers the statistical norm has returned to a more established set of
gramatical use. Your texters/lolers and l33ters have now returned to
their sub-group status. This is especially true in spelling, which
doesn't evolve as you have declared, more deforms (see the Brothers
Grimm and the mutable nature of words/spellings over time). Evolution of
the type you are promoting here only happens in spoken communication and
this is because the words and their structure represent only a third of
face-to-face communication (see R. Fisk, Sociolinguistics, or D. Crystal
Encyclopedia of Language).
> I've got no intention of starting a flame war on this topic.
I agree with this sentiment, my above statement was only intended to aid
enlightenment not contradiction.
> A good evening to you sir.
Mark Keating BA (Hons) | Writer, Photographer, Cat-Herder
Managing Director | Shadowcat Systems Limited
Director/Secretary | Enlightened Perl Organisation
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