David Crystal’s 2b or Not 2b discusses the controversial issue of abbreviations in text messaging and it’s effect on contemporary English. In the beginning of the article he provides quotations from well-known authors and scholars who have had nothing but negative things to say about texting and it’s long-term effects. For example, John Sutherland of University College London stated “texting is penmanship for illiterates” (335). This is only the beginning of the criticism. Crystal then proceeds to argue each negative criticism he has come across in regards to texting.
Following these sounds being blended together, an individual must heed to rules; for example, there are several consonants sounds which require a form by the atmosphere existing in an individual’s vocal cord stop consonants. Thirdly, the level of sentences in the English language. In the English language of sentences, there are several rules that apply to the construction of a sentence. In spite of the fact of sentence construction has been proven to be combined, and is important to the English language for the reason that rules are carried out and sometimes causes common mistakes such as word sentences that are run-ons. The fourth and last level relates to text in the English language, for the most part texting is related to a psychologist as nothing more than a group of related words linked to form of paragraph.
This “textspeak” has provoked controversy between those such as John Humphreys and John Sutherland who believe that text language is “wrecking our language”. We can Humphrey’s opinion of text messaging is negative as within his article he describes texting with negative adjectives like “sinister” and “deeply troubling” and in John Sutherland’s article Sutherland tells us that it Is texting that’s promotes “bad spelling” and “dyslexia”. On the other hand in David Crystal’s article Crystal gives a balanced view towards text messaging mostly explaining the positives of this new language and telling us that abbreviations and coded messages have been along for centuries like this one for example, “YY U R YY U B I C U R YY 4 ME” translated as Too wise you are, too wise you be, I see you are too wise for me. This abbreviated message was written in the 16th century showing us that this abbreviated English language has not just evolved recently but could be argued that it now used and abbreviated more frequently. David Crystal also describes this “textspeak” as “a language in evolution” describing texting as having a positive affect on the English Language and that it is encouraging the younger generations to be creative with their language and the riddles they use within their messages, requiring thought and intelligence and showing great knowledge and creativity, perhaps
2). Instead of searching for a better educational environment, students look for better tests numbers. Lang Wood goes on by stating “Students can easily become discouraged and negative about education in general, which affects their learning ability” (par. 2). In addition to what Lang Wood believes, Stephens claims, students who are taking the test suffer from stress in result of worrying about passing it.
Chris ENG 101 13 September 2009 Assignment 2: Final Draft Orwell and Lederer Arguments George Orwell in “Politics and the English Language” and Richard Lederer in “The Case for Short Words” share a similar concern with bad habits forming in the English Language and its impact on a writer’s perspective in writing a good paper. Orwell’s central point in his essay is that the English Language is becoming untidy. Supporting his case, Orwell argues that bad habits are forming do to our foolish thoughts, caused by the slovenliness of our language. Of equal importance is Orwell’s insistence that all these bad habits are reversible. As Orwell states, “The habits can be avoided if one is willing to go through the trouble.
When writers are analyzing opposing positions, they need to supply a great deal of information, precisely and accurately. They add much of this information in phrases that interrupt the flow of a sentence. The problem, forgetting to set off an interrupting phrase with commas can make sentences difficult to read or unclear. These tools can be helpful, but do not rely on them exclusively to catch errors in your text: spelling checkers cannot catch misspelling that is themselves words, such as to for too. Grammar checkers miss some problems; something’s give faulty advice for fixing problems, and can flag correct items as wrong.
When other inventions came about, such as the telegraph, telephone, and broadcasting it scared people and they felt that they would have negative consequences for the English language. Crystal asks the question, “Has there ever been a linguistic phenomenon that has aroused such curiosity, suspicion, fear, confusion, antagonism, fascination, excitement, and
This whole cut and dry teaching, what is wrong and what is right in education. But is this to say we are “dumbing down education” to meet standard test and better scores and rankings. The slang expression of “dumbing down” describes the deliberate diminishment of the intellectual level of the content of literature, film, schooling and education, news, and other aspects of culture. I believe that there are many factors why Americans rankings are so low. Education has dumbed down but there are so many different aspects of the situation, fingers pointed on why this has happened.
People in poorer communities tend to face harder obstacles like a bad home life, hard economic times, and influences that push dropping out of school. These students also have to deal with old, out-of-date school supplies like textbooks-even their teachers tend to not be as qualified as teachers in wealthier school districts. Furthermore, due to standardized testing, teachers in these poorer school districts tend to teach to the test by teaching with the drill-and-kill method where kids are being taught by memorizing certain multiple choice questions and answers (Neill 29-35). Surprisingly, high-stakes test like promotion tests are the main contributors to retention of students- most of which have learning disabilities. Retention, though, has proved to not help students academically.
Name: Tutor: Course: Number: Date: Introduction American education problems have a great effect on the children as well as society at large. Contrary to what members of the public are made to believe, the American education has numerous problems. American education problems are majorly noted in public learning institutions as well as at the college level of education. Some of the American education problems include the presence of too many children in a classroom, teaching on content that is outdated, poorly paid teachers and lack of financing for college education. These problems cause major drawbacks to America, such as inability to compete intellectually as well as technically at a global level.