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Through secondary research, I determined the definition of modernization with regard to language. Modernization, as opposed to corruption, is a planned exercise. Modernization in language often occurs when something changes on a large scale, for example, when a nation gains independence from a colonial power or if there are new education policies put in place. If there is language modernization, it is a structural change in our system, and the modernized version of the language is taught in classrooms and published in newspapers
As said by David Crystal: Quote
The Internet has given language new stylistic varieties, in particular increasing a language's expressive range at the informal end of the spectrum. This is the area which has attracted most public attention, because people notice informality in language use and worry about it, thinking that it causes deterioration in a language. The prophets of doom emerge every time a new technology influences language, of course - they gathered when printing was introduced, in the 15th century, as well as when the telephone was introduced in the 19th, and when broadcasting came along in the 20th; and they gathered again when it was noticed that Internet writing broke several of the rules of formal standard English - in such areas as punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. All that has happened, in fact, is that the language's resources for the expression of informality in writing have hugely increased - something which has not been seen in English since the Middle Ages, and which was largely lost when Standard English came to be establish in the 18th century. Rather than condemning it, therefore, we should be exulting in the fact that the Internet is allowing us to once more explore the power of the written language in a creative way. Unquote
Revolution leads to evlolution of language ….
However this can be looked at from a different perspective, as it causing corruption. It is unplanned and out of hand. Unlike a modernized language, text language was never taught in the classroom. It is an impact/ a repercussion of the introduction of communications technology into our everyday lives. Communicating over the web and through text is a different mode of communication altogether- we used to speak to each other verbally, face to face, and now we communicate differently; We are in a digital age whereby we communicate on screen rather than in person, and hence we depend on a new medium of conversation to express our feelings- images and emoticons. I believe this is induced by a new age in which patience is our least appreciated virtue; we want everything fast, in fact, we want it now. Texting and talking in an internet chat room is usually informal and in an effort (or lack of) to save time and our fingers, we switch to our perversion of English, 'text English'. We'll use the letter 'u' in lieu of the word 'you', we'll spell 'where' just 'whr' or 'wr', and asking somebody where they are is simply 'wr (space) r (space) u?'. But it is important to note that there is no correct or incorrect version. What could be spelt 'wat' or 'wht' by different individuals, or even the same individual in different instances, and LOL could mean 'laugh out loud' and 'lots of love' (as with the mix up internet scandal case with minister so and so). One other reason for this is that every text message on a phone has a word limit, and once it exceeds that limit then you are not only paying for one text, but for two. Many people do not find the need to extend their text to a new message just for a couple of words, and so people just cut down a word in half, or maybe even one third and then there they have it, back to one message. This is then represented throughout forums, chat-rooms, and other messaging databases that people can interact on, due to one getting used to this particular way of typing. In fact, the word SMS indicates very much of what I am talking about. SMS is an abbreviation of Short Message Service, and the key word is 'Short'. Short is exactly what a very large population of mankind is doing whilst conversing over the internet or via text messaging over the phone, or SMS. Notice how one says 'SMS' instead of 'Short Message Service', and this is due to how us as humans desire things to be, short, simple and crisp. Initially the world looked at abbreviating things such as UNESCO, UN, WHO, WWF, and so on, however due to the change in time and the more technocentric one is, people have adapted but in the wrong way. We come across many such abbreviations now, however none academic related or globally important related like UNESCO, but like 'imho' which means 'in my humble/honest opinion', and 'lol' for 'laugh out loud/lots of love', and for 'tbh' which stands for 'to be honest'. All these are not shortened because these words put together form extremely long phrases (like that of UNESCO), but instead just for simplicity and due to probable laziness which is displayed by the current generations.
The significance of this is to suggest that the language used online and on our phones usually is corrupt, or a personalized slang. Everybody has their own version to an extent. The evolution of what we can call 'text English' is in each individual's own hands, and not the culture as a whole. Everybody may not be using it, although a lot of people are.
However, it is hard to say whether we will ever reach a tipping point whereby this kind of language would be considered proper. Although today this corrupt form of language is intended to be specific/ exclusive to internet and text speech, it is possible that in this modern day and age, where we text and email more than we write by hand, we may just corrupt English for good.
I think that in the future, educationists will have to place a lot more emphasis on what counts as proper language and what doesn't, because that fine line may not be there tomorrow.