by Mike Masnick

Internet English From Generation Text

from the those-young-folks-today dept

It seems that teachers everywhere are getting annoyed at kids using "internet English" shorthand in their papers (NY Times, etc). They even add things like smileys to help make their points (though, admittedly, I've found myself doing the same thing). Interestingly, the students mostly seem upset when they're called on it, saying that this is the way they communicate, and if teachers don't like it, it's just because they're out of touch. A few teachers are accepting it, and trying to use it to help students to express themselves or to learn about how language evolves. However, most find the trend disturbing.

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    SparklingKijo, 16 Feb 2004 @ 2:43pm

    Re: As they should!

    I actually wonder who on this board is of the correct generation to really know what English Shortform, as most peeps( :-P! people) my age call it, really is.
    It's not that we don't spell. Spelling is spelling. And with words that it actually matters and you can't tell which form of the word (ex: two, too, to) you meant to use then well yeah, we are suppose to use the right one. But normally just this is a way of typing faster and still being understood.
    take the sentance that 2Lazy2Register used, "I thought I was going to loose the game to, but that final goal made that idea mute"
    Here's how most of my friends and I would say the same thing "i thought i was gonna lose that game 2 but that goal, that BlahBlahBlah made totally saved it."
    That first sentance is much to formal writing to be anything that we would ever say to our friends. And notice the complete lack of capitalization. In ESF, we rarely ever use that or punctuation, though that depends more on the person than the rule. And the sentance of course. Sometimes it really needs it so we use it.
    I personally believe that teachers shouldn't accept this form of writing for papers. It's not about changing language. It's about the form of Formal writing. This stuff is informal, papers are Formal. Perhaps English is simply making it's own distinction of Formal Speach and Informal Speach like most other languages, like German and Japanese.
    I am a Language Major and very intimate with many languages and less so with others but I feel I have a good grasp on what they all entail. Suffice to say English is the only one that I have come across without a true difference between their Formal and Informal Forms.

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