2 C / n't 2 C, i.e. da ? The Polemic of Text Messaging versus Poor Writing
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
Dr. Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng
Lecturer, Faculty of Education