Monday, November 13, 2006
Textspeak the new AAVE?
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand's high school students will be able to use "text-speak" -- the mobile phone text message language beloved of teenagers -- in national exams this year, officials said.Nevermind that I just spent a weekend trying to explain to people why I don't think names like "text-speak" or "netspeak" are very useful, and also that much of the stuff we attribute to "teenagers" is also heavily used by other groups. I'm interested in this last quote. After reading it, I immediately thought (and this is perhaps because AAVE is on my mind because it's SUCH a hot topic at NWAV), "It sounds like the way people used to talk about AAVE." Well, Black English or Ebonics, really; I don't think people who would make this statement would know to call it AAVE. But the similarity: that it's not a "full" language, but that you can somehow discern someone's understanding despite the halfsies language they're using, but the language could potentially get in the way. And that there's a debate about whether it's appropriate for use in contexts where some kind of Standard English is generally expected. And this similarity is not perhaps limited to AAVE, but it's the most well-known and well-studied dialect (here in the States) for a point of reference, with a large population of speakers and lots of debates and controversy surrounding its use.
Text-speak, a second language for thousands of teens, uses abbreviated words and phrases such as "txt" for "text", "lol" for "laughing out loud" or "lots of love," and "CU" for "see you."
The move has already divided students and educators who fear it could damage the English language.
New Zealand's Qualifications Authority said Friday that it still strongly discourages students from using anything other than full English, but that credit will be given if the answer "clearly shows the required understanding," even if it contains text-speak.
I don't have much more of a point than that - I gotta go catch up on my schoolwork I didn't do over the weekend. CU!
ps - Our paper went well, but I might talk about it tomorrow or Wednesday instead of today. Y'all understand.
note also the swarm of negative backlash that's already popping up, e.g.
talk about the paper whenever you've fully recovered, squires ;)
thanx in advance
I felt like reading my own feelings put in words! I agree that occasionally I, too, feel very convenient to use such txt abbreviations. It was good to learn about ejournal language@internet and would send some papers to that.
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