Mobile phone 'text-speak' boosts children's language skills Over the last decade, the number of pupils taking GCSEs in French – the most popular language – has more than halved from 304,500 to a record low of just 135,600. German entries also plummeted from 120,700 to 54,600. The decline followed a Labour decision to make languages optional for 14-year-olds for the first time in 2004. In an interview with the Times Educational Supplement, Dr Martyniuk said that teachers should be more creative with English before encouraging children to move on to foreign languages. “Teachers should start with the English that pupils are bringing into their school, looking at their dialects and how they are different to those used at school,” he said.
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Texting a "Linguistic Miracle," Says Columbia Professor John McWhorter - Liz Gannes - Mobile Calling the choppy language of text messaging a scourge on society would not be controversial. But Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter has a different interpretation. He thinks texting, with its abbreviations and odd constructions and novel usage, is “a linguistic miracle happening right under our noses.” My Rockets The Rocket Endeavors of Derek Deville Qu8k The Black Dragon on the pad in West Palm Beach Derek with the eAc SpaceShipOne motor in Mojave, CA. The Carbon Bee ready to fly in Florida City
Txtng Rules - Lingua Franca Two weeks ago I gave a talk to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor undergraduates called “Txtng and the Future of English.” As a linguist who studies the history of the English language, I reassured the students that they are not ruining the English language, no matter what they hear from their parents or teachers or other trustworthy and concerned authorities. Some of the students looked gratified by this alternate perspective; others looked skeptical.
virinix comments on The 1,803,328 files on my computer. As an animator, I make lots of files, what do other peoples hard drives look like?[OC] That may be true, but being that this is a personal project for him there's more incentive to go back to the drawing board and reorganize everything if that's what's needed to meet the goals he's set out. It might suck to have to do it but he's not under any financial or time constraints laid down by a supervisor, etc., so less stress. I say this because I ran into the same thing at my job. Over the last two years I had worked on a side project (scanning the network, see what's actually built so we could audit our database). It was something that needed to be done but management wasn't dedicating any time/resources to it, so I would spend an hour or two on it here or there when I neded a break from what I was really supposed to be working on.
Texting Isn't Writing, It's Fingered Speech Linguist John McWhorter at TED2013. Photo: James Duncan Davidson LONG BEACH, California – All the handwringing by 7th-grade English teachers and parents over the tens of millions of grammatically challenged texts sent every day misses the point of what texting is, says John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University. “Texting isn’t written language,” McWhorter told the audience at TED2013. “It much more closely resembles the kind of language we’ve had for so many more years: spoken language.” Speech is the way we humans have communicated for about 150,000 years.