Saturday 16 April 2011

Are new communication technologies destroying language?

David Crystal - Texts and Tweets: myths and realities

Professor David Crystal, one of the world's leading linguistic experts, challenges some myths in this 30 minute talk.

The myths he covers are:

Myth 1: Youth text messages are littered with mangled abbreviations
Myth 2: The youth use abbreviations as a way to trick adults
Myth 3: The youth don't know how to spell
Myth 4: Youth school essays are filled with inappropriate abbreviations
Myth 5: We are rearing a generation of children who have no responsibility toward language

Watch the clip and make notes about the 5 "myths"


  1. It is so great to know, that somebody is able to prove the fact that the youngh are intelligent, sensable and educated. Thank you very much.

  2. Agreed. Thanks for posting. Whoever you are!