2 C / n't 2 C, i.e. da ? The Polemic of Text Messaging versus Poor Writing

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My point here is that the phenomenon of text messaging (SMS: Short Message Services)is an indication of the idea that language is forever influx. This phenomenon exhibits the inherent creativity of the human mind. The interplay between the much debated declining writing abilities (spelling and syntax) and the human creative desire to adapt language use in accordance with the changing communicative needs is as old is orthography itself. Since there is not direct one-to-one relation between poor spelling, for instance, and the frequent use of SMS, it is speculative and naive to argue that that former is the consequence of the latter. Adopting this line of thought as the nexus of this paper, I further amplify my argument with the research data that supports my view.


Keywords: Language Change, Language Development, SMS, Text Messaging, English Language Learning and Teaching
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng

Lecturer, Faculty of Education
Language Education, University of Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa (Gauteng ), South Africa

I teach and supervise studies in English Language Teaching, Educational Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Johannesburg (Full-time) and Applied English Studies at the University of South African (Part-time). Previously, I offered Applied Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape, English Language Proficiency, English Language Teaching Methodology and TESOL at both VISTA and Rand Afrikaans Universities. I taught English Language and Literature at three Comprehensive High School one of which I served as the HEAD of English and Afrikaans Department. My research is within Applied Limguistics- specifically within Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Language Awareness. I presented papers locally and Internationally, and also published within this field in Internationally Accredited Journals.

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