With 2082 votes cast, the results were:
Tom Dickins, Course Leader for Linguistics in the School of Law,
Social Sciences and Communications said:
Many people with an interest in language, including Lynne Truss,
author of 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves', agree with the opinion of
over three-quarters of our respondents, that text speak is
endangering our literacy.
However, there is little, if any, linguistic evidence to support
this widely held opinion.
Opposition to text speak appears to be based on at least three
Most linguists would argue that, far from being a reflection of
laziness, text speak is a practical and efficient solution to the
constraints imposed by mobile phones.
Linguists would further maintain that abbreviations are a well
established feature of standard written English, as evidenced by
all manner of initialisms and acronyms, such as RSPCA, BBC, NATO,
RSVP and SMS itself.
Finally, they would cite a range of empirical data (including a
recent study by a team from Coventry University), which have found
that the use of text speak may actually enhance the literacy of
David Crystal, one of Britain's best known linguists, is
unambiguously positive about the impact of texting, and has
described it as “the latest manifestation of the human ability to
be linguistically creative and to adapt language to suit the
demands of diverse settings”.
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