Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Viewing: Txting is killing language. JK!!!


This week is a bit of a personal favorite. It's another Tedtalk, and it is specifically of interest (probably) to English and/or writing teachers. It's a favorite to me not because I love texting or am a purist of American written language, but because I am a big fan of this guy, John McWhorter. I ran several miles with his linguistic lectures in my ears a few years ago. He's brilliant and funny and in this talk he gives a breath of fresh air to those of us who are afraid that texting is ruining written language. Watch and see if you agree or disagree and while you're at it, see what you can learn.

1 comment:

  1. Completely agree with this post. Much of what people perceive as a lack of skills is more a lack of understanding of the various contexts of language and adapting improperly to those contexts.