The English Language’s New age rival: Text Jargon entering academic papers more...

The English Language’s New age rival: Text Jargon entering academic papers more frequently

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They are a fast, convenient means of communication, but they are also deadly to the English language.
Text jargon, such as using the letters “u” and “r” to replace the actual words are used more often when sending a text message or email.
Also, not deciphering the difference between homonyms like “your” and “you’re” is a problem often faced in today’s digital society.
Dr. Pamela Wright, an English professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, said she has received English papers with the likes of “u”s and “4”s.
“Some students don’t know how to distinguish between academic papers and text messages,” Wright said.
Biomedical Sciences major Jasey Limon said he knows the difference because his writing professor brought up “text message grammar” the first day of class.
“After he said to make sure we don’t have any fragments in our work, I focused on [grammar and spelling] more,” Limon said.
Limon said his professor brought up the poor grammar he sees on Facebook and Twitter, and he doesn’t want to see it in academic papers.
“We are used to shortening the words to accommodate our laziness,” History/Business major Danny Carranza said. “Think back 10 years, there wasn’t such a thing as ‘lol’ [laugh out loud] or ‘ppl’ [people]”
Early Childhood Education major Veronica Yzaquirre said text message grammar affects her the most when she takes notes, but while using her iPad, the autocorrect feature aids her.
But text messaging is not a generational thing. Wright admits she too frequently text messages, but she recognizes her “audience.”
“I’m an English professor, so I expect students to use proper grammar and spelling when emailing me,” Wright said. “I’ve sent some emails back to students asking them to correct their messages.”
High school teacher Roberta Moglia said she frequently receives papers with variations of the word “because,” such as “cuz” or “becuz.”
“That irritates me the most,” Moglia said. “I have noticed a change in students’ language as text messaging has become more popular.”
According to a Facebook poll, 66 percent of people think text messaging interferes with grammar.
Twenty-six percent voted that they could decipher between writing an English paper and text messaging.
Wright offers some advice for students who find themselves too lost in their text message language.
“Edit your papers closely,” Wright said. “Remember your audience, if it is an academic paper it’s a different kind of writing than just talking to a friend.”


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