Study Suggests Using Slang Might Not ...

Study Suggests Using Slang Might Not Harm Language Abilities

There are 11 comments on the story from Mar 23, 2009, titled Study Suggests Using Slang Might Not Harm Language Abilities. In it, reports that:

A recent study indicates that using slang in text messages doesn't necessarily affect kids' language and spelling abilities.

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New York, NY

#1 Mar 23, 2009
No, parents' speech and their educational environment affect their spelling abilities.

New York, NY

#2 Mar 23, 2009
I agree with the gist of the article. i think kids can separate texting from the act of writing or speaking.

New York, NY

#3 Mar 23, 2009
H-to-tha-izzo! This is great news for me (and my posse)

New York, NY

#4 Mar 23, 2009
Datz not wiird tome, cuz i tHinK i right gudd :):) xoxoxo

-to my gurlz!!!!

Roselle, NJ

#5 Mar 23, 2009
Reading sites like Yahoo Answers, I have to wonder if this study is on the right track.
buddy guy

United States

#6 Mar 23, 2009
I just think Bagelsaurus and others are bilingual. The important thing is to know to whom you are writing. Does your intended speak your language?

Oregon City, OR

#7 Mar 23, 2009
Ha - have you tried to read anything that kids are writing these days? I see what my husband's 5th graders write. It ain't pretty.

New York, NY

#8 Mar 23, 2009
Define "harm."

New York, NY

#9 Mar 29, 2009
Wow. If parents do brush up on their slang and start using "textisms" I think children will instantly revert to proper English. BRB Sonny!!

Colwell, IA

#10 May 16, 2009
When I'm among friends and family I speak one way, and when I'm in a professional or academic setting I speak differently.

When I'm typing an email, IM or text message to a friend or family member, I use "textisms" liberally, when I'm typing an email to a colleague or typing up a paper I use the finest language skills I can muster.

I think the key is to make sure children are thoroughly educated in proper use of the English language. If that, then I think no slang poses a threat, spoken or typed. The real danger lies with those children who never learn proper usage of the English language. They will go on to have children who will have an uphill struggle just to break the bad habits their parents unwittingly instill in them before they even hit preschool.
Brian - Expert Language

Liverpool, UK

#11 Jul 19, 2010
Slang is just a natural evolution of language and how different areas use language in different ways, its a nuance that either fades away or develops into new words to be used.
The hardest thing is adapting to how the new language is developing and not staying stuck in the old ways.
At our translators are all native speakers so understand the nuances of the particular area they translate for.

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