Valentina Cardoch

Nicole Martinez
Texting is not killing languages

Undoubtedly, texting nowadays is an everyday task for most people thanks to the instant message
technologies and mobile internet connection now available globally. Such a phenomenon cannot
go unnoticed to linguists, who have much to say on this matter. Unfortunately for texting, most of
them have the worst opinion about it, labeling it as a killer of grammar and spelling arguing that
the incorrect use of these have a negative effect on people’s writing abilities and are afraid that
this phenomenon could bring permanent damages to the language. However, is texting as bad as
it seems? In this essay, we want to show how mistaken all these thoughts can be, how useful can
texting be and how important for us as future translators it is to understand the importance of this
phenomenon.

Texting is generally considered a recent phenomenon, thanks to the technology that makes it
popular, but is that true? Actually it is not. As we can read in the article “Texting”, we can find
evidence of texting being used 200 years ago, when they were called rebuses and they were a kind
of puzzle and famous people such as Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria played them. It would be
interesting to know if people who used them by that time had poor grammar and spelling skills,
but fortunately that is not necessary, because there are recent studies that demonstrate there is
no relation between texting and deficient language skills, as we can see in the article called “Text-
messaging isn’t, like, ruining young people’s grammar”, where the research not only shows there
is no relation between texting and poor language skills, but show a positive influence of texting in
areas such as a better or faster spelling development in primary and high schools students and
better spelling in university students. Other studies cited in “Pros of Texting: How does 'Textism'
affect teen literacy?” proved that there is a relation between texting and literacy, in which teens
who text regularly have better literacy. The reason behind this is that texting is nothing more than
reading and writing: you receive a message, you read it and then you must think an appropriate
response and write it. Texting also improves people’s creativity, as seen in “2b or not 2b”, because
of restrictions of characters in some platforms, people are forced to express their ideas in short
and someway that create an interesting new kind of literature written in texting such as novels
and poems. All this evidence suggests the opposite of what texting is supposed to be. Texting is
not bad for language, but useful for people’s language skills. Texting can even be useful in other
kinds of areas such as forensic research. In the article called “2b or not 2b?”, we found a mention
of a case in which someone was proven guilty of the murder of his niece after the forensic
analyzed some texts messages he was trying to use to prove his innocence and found that they
were fake after making a comparison between that messages and others written by the person
who supposedly wrote them. That could be possible because every person develops its own way
of texting, thanks to the variety of combinations and the facility to create new ones that can be
understandable to other people.

It is evident that texting has come to stay, and trying to fight against it is nonsense, even more
now that as time is passing by new studies are made and demonstrate that texting is not a

As future translators. Even some Facebook profiles require translation for business purposes. Texting can even be useful in other areas such as forensic research. but actually helping people to have better language skills such as literacy. Long ago. as you can also do it in your mother tongue.negative phenomenon. spelling and grammar use. but realize that we should know how texting works and be able to translate the message into other languages because it is needed. And now we have texting. so the best you can do is embrace this new way of communication and learn about it. It is impossible to avoid texting. all the research that had been made recently shows that texting is not ruining languages. Probably the fact that texting is a written form of communication leads some people to think about all the rules that are not being respected. In fact. a translator could be necessary because all this new content could eventually need to be translated. it is important for translators to understand we cannot run away from it. but an instrument of communication that serves people’s needs. . but texting exists to communicate instantly. the translation work was mainly literature and academic documents. and we must be prepared to do so. If you are proficient in English you should be able to understand and produce texting and. However. blogs. as simple as that. such as web pages. People write the way they talk because of the technology for instant communication we have nowadays and as a kind of written production. not to write a perfect paragraph. where are the academics complaining about that voice messages which are not perfect discourses? It is just people talking. as new technologies are born. If we could share our thoughts with others by other means such as telepathy. emails. this result is quite interesting. why would someone complain about it? …Exactly. It is perfectly possible that someone asks for the translation of a text that includes texting. It is just people talking. forums. since some time instant message applications allow users to send voice messages and. etc. but writing what they want to say. even if you dislike it. Texting has been demonized since it became popular thanks to the new instant messages technologies. it is an interesting challenge to use that knowledge and translate texting of one language into another. It could be harder that it seems. The same applies to texting. It is the kind of technology we have at hand. it would be highly probable that we shouldn’t use texting as much as we do nowadays. It is necessary to understand that the fact texting is a written process does not mean that it is formal writing. different types of written production are developed. It is important to remember that languages are alive and the purpose of its existence is not to be a set of rigid rules written in books. And where there is written production. However.

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