Wyd: Is Texting Actually Advancing Language? (Video)

John McWhorter

Thanks to cellphones, actual conversations with people has almost become a thing of the past. Most conversations today take place with the typing of a few keys, not with a phone call.

The Text message has become the most common way that people converse today. Most conversations via text will involve abbreviated words to shorten the length of the message. While it works for most people, there’s a large faction of folks out there who feel that all this texting might ruin writing skills.

Linguist John McWhorter says that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it’s all good news.

Watch as McWhorter discusses the importance of texting below


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