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Jacob Driscoll

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when human language started to develop thousands of years ago, and as time passed language

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moved up from Florida to North Carolina. I am lucky enough to be in a bilingual family, my

mom spoke both Spanish and English, and my step-father at the time only spoke English. The

I point this out is because it gives my literacy narrativebiggerspreaC-and depth because I
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kindergarten my mother put me idthe program early, gs my birthday is in October which is a lot
later than most children who started at the same time as I did. In my eyes I think this decision to
put me in school early was a good thing, not only because I would not have the friends that I do
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but the children who started
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children that starred later,, (whitebreaol.roi

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authors Sandra Black' Paul
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such as more
time to learn' children will leam
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literacy narrative was mostly
influenced by books and
my communiry.

The most memorable books

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of books that I have read so fu,

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Eragon book series' I read
both of the series, both of
which are high school level readings,
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middle school' I can remgnue-ry
mother talking to her friends
and saying, ,.Jacob is so
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when I was growing up, so
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childhood I had a lot of family
turmoil, maybe not as bad as
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how important learning ranguage
and writing is to understanding
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the collection of ideas and thoughts into a distinct identity lielp by large groups of people around
the world. These characteristics also happen to transfer to everyone despite class, race, and
socioeconomic status; as long as someone knows how to communicate to another and can
understand it, then it cannot be stopped. This concept is how the world was educated, and more

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side effect of the turmoil throughout my life never left room for

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the internet and telephone I think that the global literacy narative has progressed at an
exponential rate. Communicating thoughts, ideas, and new forms of language faster than in the

history of mankind. While at the same time, technology has streamlined many of the common
languages; turning sets of words into two or three letter expressions. Some examples of this

streamlining are:

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jk, lmao, wtf, and etc. This evolution of

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is harder for aged people to understand and grasp new concepts that are being formed. Many
concepts that teens use today seem completely unimportant and unrelated to say a sixty year old

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has also heavily affected my literacy narrative.

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Technology has connected with more areas of the world than I would ever be able to on my
in a way
and therefore broadened my literacy narative and expanded its scope. However,
technology has also narrowed my vocabutary and the types of language that I use. I{@neral
progress. This
technology has always been about streamlining the process of development and

idea also applies to the ttrings that technology is used for, and most importantly

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are used to
sffeamlined vocabulary and the ideas behind that vocabulary. Words like lofimao,

and sentences.
express feelings that would have otherwise been displayed through longer words

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In her review of how modem communication technology influences literacy Helen Watt
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researchers have termed this form of langUage "written speech" or "spoken

writing"

(Crystal, 2006). It has been suggested that this form of "netspeak" maY represent an entirely new
language register (Greenfield

& Subrahman- ynm, 2003)" . I am not only

o1e in this situation

language
because as more and more generations are born than the new form of technological
become a bigger part of their lives.

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Bibliography

Black, $andra E-, Paul DeYereux, and KjellG. $alvanes.'1/OX
CEpR's policy portal.,,

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Effects of schod-startingAge. N.p., 21 June 200g. web. 21
sept. 2015.

t) Watt, Helen J. "How

Does the Use of Modern Communication Technotogy Influence

Language and Literacy Development?

A Review.n HowDoes the Use ofModern

Communication Technology Influence Language and Literacy Development?
Review 37 e0l0): 141-4g. Asha.org. Web. 22Sept. 2015.

'rtl Whitebread, David. "School Starting Age; The Evidence." University of Cambridge.
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