The Future Of The English Language

In Danger - The English Language

Take a giant leap into the future by whatever means available to you. A hundred years ahead would be sufficient for the purpose in mind.

You just want to check out what changes the English language would have undergone over this period of time.

Your growing concern for the future of the English Language is indeed justifiable, as you are fully aware that at present certain changes to the English language are taking place and these changes are inevitable as they are part of modernisation.

In order to integrate with the technology of the day and to facilitate the proper use of modern communication methods such as text messaging on mobile phones, the changes that are being applied to grammar and punctuation are inevitable.

Future Of The English Language - Here We Come!
Future Of The English Language - Here We Come!

Grammar - On The Way Out?

These changes to grammar involve basically leaving out conjunctions and prepositions and also shortening of words by conveniently leaving out vowels.

At times some letters of the alphabet which go to spell a particular word are even replaced by digits when part or whole of a word that these particular letters spell, sounds similar to a number when pronounced.

Pictorial communication I would say, substituting numbers for pictures. This is how digits are graphically being involved in this new form of communicating!

Here is an example just below ...

Victim Of Evolution - The English Language
Victim Of Evolution - The English Language

How To Kindle An Interest In The English Language

The English Language - In The Future

What wouldn't you give to be able to take a sneak peek into the future? Only to check out how a simple sentence composed today would look like tomorrow.

Wait a minute, you are in luck! News has just reached us that scientists have perfected a device with which one could travel in time, forward or backward.

Now they need volunteers to test it out. So here is your golden opportunity. You apply stating your reasons to want to travel in time and you are at once selected!

You have accessed the first ever time machine and have the opportunity to try it out, you sit on the saddle, fasten your safety belt and you decide to launch an ignition sequence.

An ignition sequence, just like NASA does when launching a spacecraft. Counting backwards right down to zero, alongside the final checking process of every important detail!

You start counting backwards and then ... you pause to think. This is going to be a very important event not only for you but for the future of the English language too. Your findings are what will trigger off appropriate action, to prevent a great language from "going to the dogs."


Adventures In The English Language

The Importance Of The English Language

The English language is a very important tool in our lives, as we use it to express ourselves, to defend ourselves, and even to attack when the need arises. The language that most of us are dependant on.

The Internet, a great source of information serves well all those who are well versed in the English language.

The likes of such have more access to more information and have greater potential whatever the motive for accessing the Internet may be.

So right now let us get back to the topic of going into the future to check this out. You really need to make this journey into the future in order to assess the extent of the damage done. Only then the appropriate remedial measures can be taken.

Would your journey into the future be worthwhile? All you need to do is to push the button on the control panel of the time machine having set the dial to read T+100!

A journey of a hundred years into the future starts with just one flick of the switch! You are actually submitting to telekinetic time transfer.

Ready?

Yes you are indeed! The dial on the control panel is set. You recommence the countdown ... and on reaching zero, you hit the hot button in front of you, and ... blast off ... into the future!


English Language Education - The Chosen One!

You already have a great track record of having campaigned strongly against the abuse of the English language in text messaging on mobile phones and chat sites and have a great following to back you in your campaigns!

You, are the chosen one! It is your mission!

Rise, noble one, rise to the occasion!

The future of the English language is at stake, and it is up to you and the likes of you to take all possible measures to prevent this catastrophe.

You have decided to brave the uncertainly of the future for this very purpose. Into the future you go!


English Grammar For Everyone Including Them!

Life And Evolution Of The Language

You arrive spot on! Exactly 100 years into the future!

You immediately get busy looking around for signs and evidence of the English language having evolved over the period of time that you have covered.

The first thing that comes your way is a copy of a highly respected International Newspaper.

Symbols that point to the feature story show a picture of Spiderman, and a few captions that you fail to understand.

You get curious and turn to the page which contains the feature story ... and check it out. "What on earth is this?" You exclaim to yourself ... you are totally bewildered by the text.

Here it is ... this is exactly what you saw!

Future English Language - Wasrong Wizzat?
Future English Language - Wasrong Wizzat?

News ... In English?

The English translation of that would be ...

Weird stunt man with hair long enough to reach his knees scales a 230 floor building, does his stunt and swings down on a thin rope just like Spider-man is capable of doing.

Creates a world record in the process. His stunt attracted the attention of a soft drinks manufacturer who offered him a million dollars to be the brand manager of the product.

This guy has been around for long, and has done many stunts before. The last one he did was six months before this event. He leaped into a bullring in Spain and in the presence of thousands of spectators did many a somersault as the bull charged at him.

Worked up the bull to a frenzy and kept on at it. The female spectators were awestruck. He disappeared for a period of six months and then appears once again to do this Spider-man stunt.


Is It Online Chat Programs Or Texting? ... Or Both?

Translated into English from what?

Translated from what the English language would probably evolve into, in less than a hundred years time if we don't take the necessary precautions right now.

Technology is the culprit. The very same technology that had us reeling asking for more after the computer became a trend in offices bidding a hasty farewell to typewriters.

The computer, the tool with which the Internet could be accessed, made a giant leap into the lives of millions when the Internet was made accessible to the public.

A parallel situation saw a thing called texting which involves sending text messages from the keypad of one mobile phone to the screen of another and vice versa.

Almost immediately the trend to shorten words in a bid to save the agony of having to spell out every single word was generated.

This trend of shortening words in text messages caught on pretty fast and soon became widely accepted. Evolution of this trend too took place so rapidly that along with simplified spellings, omitting prepositions and conjunctions, and even leaving out vowels from words caught on.

From here on it would be only a matter of time for the deteoration of the English language that you have witnessed in the electronic media to seep into the other media like newspapers and magazines and wherever else the written word was needed.

This new trend emerged purely for the sake of convenience, and for saving time. Speed was most vital ... they thought.

This trend was carried out in chat sites online, and even noticeable was the absence of a space between words after a punctuation mark.

Spell it the way you think fit and as long as it is understood. That's all that matters. That is the opinion of some.

Will this really happen is an important question. If it does, let this prevail in the world of mobile telephones and in chat rooms only. Leave the print media alone!


Get Back!

It is to investigate how much the language would have deteriorated over a hundred years that you volunteered to make this journey into time!

You went into the future, you saw the changes that have taken place, but you could do nothing about it right there while in the future.

You have seen sufficient evidence to indicate to you that so much of damage has been done and you are now itching to get back to the past and quickly get about the task of plotting your strategy along with your followers to prevent what has happened from actually happening.

Well?

Okay explorer, honorable time traveler, you've done enough. You have played your part pretty well, and it's time you got back to where you once belonged!

Unfortunately you cannot bring that newspaper back. This is due to the fact that no physical transportation is possible in time travel. You cannot simply take something into or bring something back from the future or from the past!

So you manipulate the controls of your time machine and set the time to the present. This involves the exact time at which you departed to which the duration of your stay in the future has been added.

This actually happens on auto and all you need to do is follow instructions as you have been taught!

Zwoosh!

Welcome back!


Future Of The English Language

Importance Of Learning English - Accents

It's Your Computer And The Internet

Phew! That brief journey into time was fully worth it, don't you think?

Now we are back where texting and chat language came into the communication scene causing a major upset in sentence construction patterns and spelling trends in the English language.

What steps are you going to take and what would your strategy be? How would you and where would you start?

Would you think that you, along with your followers would succeed in curbing this emerging trend from invading the other areas as well? Do you think your efforts, whatever you have planned to do would bring success to any extent, or simply succeed in postponing the inevitable?

Even if this happens, it would, after we are all gone. Should we take up the attitude "who cares?"

Well as for me, I am confident that the print media in every part of the world would resist such a transformation and do all possible to preserve the quality of the English Language!

That is ... if the print media is not totally replaced by something else ...

What do you think? Please feel free to post your views in the comments box below.

Now its time 4me2go!

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Would you like to discuss your opinion on the threat that technology poses to the English Language?

  • You need not travel into the future, you can see all these happening in the present time.
  • Online chat as well as SMS texting is to take most of the blame.
  • It's true that the computer and the Internet has brought upon many changes, but, life has to change.
  • I dont think this will happen at all. As long as the print media survives, so will the English Language.
  • It will take more than a hundred years, but it will definitely happen. I am sure of it.
  • Wazat man you sed?
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Comments 77 comments

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shibashake 7 years ago

Hey QS wassup!, A very interesting thought exercise. I think how we chat online definitely affects how we write. Sometimes I find myself really wanting to insert smileys into the articles that I write.

As for txt-speak, my opinion is that it will go away once we develop more sophisticated speech technology. Technology will solve all our problems ;)


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Interesting look forward.

If we look back to Shakespeare we may have a bit of trouble in the translation, but can still recognize the beauty of the expression. I think the next century will see a similar change in English. Maybe language is devolving, but whatcha gointa du?

Let's keep the beauty alive a bit longer. I hope people keep communicating on some level, at least.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi Shiba! Dafactiz, diz thingz ahpning aldatim! Translation: The fact is these things are happening all the time!

"Technology will solve all our problems" ... daswatusez (that's what you say) ... but technology will not solve this particular problem. It will remain unsolved and the threat of an invasion will always be there!

Thanks for your dropping by and making a remark. :)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Greetings Rochelle, During the time of Shakespeare, I guess there was a consistency and writers were focused on grammatical precession, spelling, and were keen on creating colorful ways of expressing themselves.

But in this case, "da aint no rulz" ... there are no rules at all! "but whatcha gointa du?" I dunno! U sujest sumtin!

Thanks a lot for your remarks! :)


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Quintessentially, - O!sht;-)


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi TOF! Thanks for dropping by. :)


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I used to be one of those who conscientiously crossed my t's and dotted my i's even when I was chatting online or texting...I have to sheepishly admit that over time I have dropped the capital letters completely from my chats and the only reason my text messages look like English is because I use the dictionary facility on my phone! Aaaaaargh...I am so ashamed of myself!!!!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Don't be, Prophet Feline, I you can't lick 'em, join 'em! :lol:

I Appreciate your visit!


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BeatsMe 7 years ago

Well Quicksand, now that you've pointed it out, in the future, maybe correct grammar and spelling won't matter to people anymore. What will matter most are probably the latest technology, and of course, agriculture. Can't ignore that last one if people in the future expect to survive.

I see you've joined the hub challenge. Best of luck. Cheers.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi BeatsMe, there is a threat that this might happen and if it does, those who are affected by it will not even know! LOL! As Rochelle Frank suggests, lets make the most of it right now!

Pity you don't have time to join the hub challenge. I hope I can manage 30 in 30! It's quite interesting too, especially making those logos. So far they've come out well. Thanks for your visit and thanks for leaving a remark! :)


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

We need to stop acknowledging inadequate grammar; then, the English language will survive. There are threats that are more serious to the English language to be concerned with right now. Good article and very thought provoking…


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Thanks, Nancy, thank you for your visit and your opinion. We all need to do whatever we can to stop the threat of deterioration. I am confident the print media is quite strong here. But, the Internet ... ? :)


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

It's been prevon taht if you splel wrods wtih the fisrt ltteer and lsat ltter corerctly you can mix up all of the othre ltters and still unrdtsand the wrods as lnog as you are fiamalr wtih the lnagauge as i demnotsrighted hree


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

True enough, I saw this for the first time demonstrated on a website belonging to an Internet marketer by the name of Mike F. He was selling some product and the header was something which needed de-scrambling in order to be understood.

Thank you for your demonstration, Someonewhoknows. Thanks for your visit too! :)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

A very interesting, and funny, hub. I'm more optimistic than you, though!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Greetings, LondonGirl!

I wish you long life, but have my doubts that you will be around when this actually happens! If it does not happen in a hundred years, it will, in two hundred years! Optimism will only prevent any action on our part. So join the pessimists and work alongside!

Thanks for checking out this article. Glad you found it funny. Most of my hubs are! Cheers!


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

English being the universal language will inevitably have a good for future, in South Korea many people there now are learning this language. Nice hub and shows your love for English eh nyahahaha.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Hi General, let's hope the language does not change! Thanks for commenting. :)


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

thanks for share. it is great idea. I've so much fun here.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Greetings, Prasetio, are you going to join the campaign? Thanks for commenting. :)


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Karraline 7 years ago

It seems to me that, Although there has been a large difference in language [typing, texting, email] the change has been due, not to technology in itself, but to the wide spread of "trend" when it comes to online conversation. It is a responsibility of people as a whole, as well as the individual to keep up on history, literature, language to maintain Language as we've known it yesterday, and as we've known it before. Language is constantly changing, as history has shown; However. I do think that it would be a sad day to see it change in such a dramatic way as we see it rising in "text talk" now.


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

Ah, Kerraline, you are able to sense danger here! When there is no protest, it is almost like accepting it. Although the danger is real, I guess as long as the print media is firm, this will take longer to happen. But it eventually will. Sad!

Thanks for visiting my hub and thanks for your valuable opinion. :)


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Karraline 7 years ago

it eventually will...if people don't be cool and stop talking that way ;) I think maybe there really could be a way out of it!


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quicksand 7 years ago Author

There is, Karraline. There really is! Wanna know? :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)


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rachitha 6 years ago from Mangalore

vel sed quicksand. Heh heh!I am tired of my students using the sms language in their test papers too. B4 u r here ill b der! Terrible! wish we could all pay attention to to our grammar a little more. Loved your Great sense of humour!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Thanks Rachitha! English being a versatile language and a great tool for expression, we really should do all possible to prevent a collapse of the grammar system.


Brian Pearce 6 years ago

I fear the future of English is in the hands of those like you who supersize the language. Call it Newspeak, or Overspeak--sentences full of overblown, overly long words in place of plain English, with "piddling" little words like articles, most prepositions and conjunctions omitted (this is the latest fad on tv and radio--it brings up their syllables per word average, I guess. Example of Overspeak above: "Assuming you have accessed the first ever time machine and have the opportunity to try it out..." This bloated wind-up is bloodless, redundant and bureaucratic sounding. How about "Imagine you are taking a test ride in the first time machine?" Your first sentence starts off with promise ("Take a giant leap into the future), but then ends with a fizzle of corporate speak ("by whatever means available to you."). How about just "however you can"? To prepare our children for this brave new world of English, I suggest we translate our nursery rhymes into the Newspeak. Do you recognize this one? "This particular individual Jack as well as Jill actually did go up an actual hill area to fetch available pail water, Jack actually falling down, experiencing break in terms of his crown area, Jill simply coming tumbling after AS WELL."


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hello Mr Pearce, Thanks a lot for your comments. As online writing considers content as king, redundancy is found "in abundance." Quantity is often sacrificed mercilessly for quality as the search engines favor this kind of thing.

Your opinion on books written on Marketing would be very interesting I am sure.


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lamalipmim 6 years ago from Malaysia

yes...technology really is a culprit..People tend to simplify their language especially the spellings. If this trend continues then as you mentioned above, it will become a norm and the standard of the language itself will drop.


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Hi Ali, thanks for reading this article and commenting ... and welcome to HubPages too!


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Saree Anderson 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good article! I like your writing style, as if you are telling a story! I'm new to the HubPages, and thought it was funny that this article fit with the first 2 I wrote! hahaha! Keep on keepin' on!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your visit, Saree Anderson, ... and welcome to HubPages!

I am off to check out what you've written. :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

We were just arguing amongst friends that the English language is doomed. Your hub points out the path of doom it is following!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Gypsy Willow, do not despair! It is still the best of times! As long as the print media is alive we have hope!

Thanks for commenting!


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida

Dudaz diz is cool. Props!


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quicksand 6 years ago Author

Wow! BrightForYou, you are far ahead of our times!

Thanks for commenting. :)


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kappellonyc 5 years ago from new york

As a former ESL teacher, and communications major in college, when I hear how some of the youth speak, even young adults, it bothers me. It feels as though the language, due to technology and laziness, is being butchered and that makes me sad.


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Hello Kappellonyc, welcome to HubPages! I too feel awful when people show scant regard for the English language.

Thanks for your views. Cheers!


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BrianS 5 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I blame the celebrities that adopt the slang to impress the kids and make themselves sound cool. Not entirely sure why they all think it's cool but I am pretty sure that when they approach middle age it will sound stupid. So that is when it will stop, its the same with clothes you can't talk like a teenager or dress like a teenager when you are approaching 50. Just not going to happen.


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Hi Brian! Thanks for the assurance that it will not happen at all!


An 5 years ago

I never try to use Internet slang and personally hate it when people are too lazy to even write too, instead of 2, (Vietnam is going through the trend of children suddenly starting writing in Vietnamese slang that is unreadable, just like the example of too-2 abbreviation) but I'm guilty of using smiles. :)

Like now :). Heh.


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Smiles are indeed welcome! Brightens things up! :)


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Monkey-_ 5 years ago from Thanet Island

Right on the button. I made a hub about this myself a while ago.

The language is always evolving, and it always has, but this sort of thing is purely destructive, not advancement.


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

Destructive indeed, MKey! Thanks for commenting ... and welcome to HubPages!


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gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Good hub! However, it is a fact that language changes, if not, we'd all be speaking Elizabethan English!


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quicksand 5 years ago Author

That's true, Gramarye, true indeed! Thanks for the comment. :)


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asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

different,informative and interesting hub.


shancam50@yahoo.com.my 5 years ago

Interesting way to write. Sustains my interest. Otherwise difficult to maintain focus.


Sharon 4 years ago

I think it’s almost funny how some people are starting to worry about the future of the English language now. I studied this for A level and the English language has constantly been evolving, that’s what English is! In my personal opinion it matures with time and SMS and other forms of social digital interaction probably just act as a catalyst in this process. But English evolving is in no way a new thing. I also love how a lot of companies are even adopting a can’t beat them, join them attitude by also delving into sms for business. I mean the amount of people that are embracing text language and culture it phenomenal.


Vivienne 4 years ago

Actually I see the opposite going on now. Everything seems slowly but surely returning to being conservative. Fashion in many places now no longer support dropping necklines and shorter dresses and shorts, instead, being ladylike or gentlemanly is considered more fashionable/sophisticated these days. As in elementary I saw the rise of text speech, now in high school I am starting to see the decline. Or perhaps everyone around me is just growing up and im living in a bubble.. LOLIEZ! \(^O^)/


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Yes Vivienne, everyone is growing up! Thanks for your comments. Cheers!


sakeofstability 4 years ago

English is too complex to become a global language. If English want to survive longer in the global stage, it should definitely simplify itself with a help from non-English speakers. English is a global language, after all. So there's no reason to complain about this. English is for everyone and many people have too much difficulty to grasp the complexity of English.

I always say this to my friends. "Butcher your English! Make English simple enough for the sake of world peace."


puella 4 years ago

Hi everyone...

I'd say that the complexity in any language is of a more 'human' reason than the language complexity itself. There is a famous quote that goes "to define/describe a problem situates the solver half way from the solution" which only means that verbalizing is at the same time reasoning about a particular subject and just the fact of verbalizing introduces a structure/logic (as with anything reason-based) that will logically point to a solution...

If there is diversity present then, yes, there is some added complexity, but, again, it's more humane than language, as whoever has to participate in such team works will have to have done his/her 'homework' otherwise, what's the purpose of attending a 'meeting' about an issue if not prepared...My humble thoughts...

The fact that sometimes an interpreter is present, to me, adds to problems if this interpreter is not an expert in the topics on the table although some will consider that as an advantage as he/she will be free of prejudices on the topics....Again, not the language...


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great Hub which gives a lot of information on future of English language.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I'm with you all the way. It may be a generational thing, but it seems to me that when we degrade our language, we are degrading our ability to be human -- and there's no going back.


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Richawriter 4 years ago from On Top of the World

Interesting hub!

Yes, the English language does seem to be going to pot right now and we must ensure that it doesn't become the gobbledygook that we see on facebook and in kid's text messages.

Hip hop and modern pop songs are also doing their part to really chop up our language.

I'm positive though. Things will get better!

Peace dude!


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi Jainismus,

Thanks for commenting. I appreciate your visit. :)


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hello Sandrabusby,

Gosh, you are right. The way we speak a language does have a direct influence on how we view various aspects in life.

Thanks for reading my article and thanks for your opinion too. :)


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi again Richie!

It sure is good to be positive. However the danger is still around. If the next generation goes to school less often than being online chatting, things will really go bad.

Let's hope it doesn't!

Cheers, and peace too!


puella 4 years ago

Hi!

I'd say that the other way around would a more realistic statement; I'd say that how we view various aspects of life will have an influence on how we speak (obviously a language? how we view or live can be a real "muse" and has been for so many a writer poet...) For example, if we accept/admit in the table that a toddler speaks mom's language (mom's language maybe or maybe not "correctly spoken" -to add insult to injury), then, with the toddler's genetics/congenital brainish abilities and also the minimum of social/learning development on track ( like environmental/ambiental influences as a result of just survival skills if nothing else available to growth closer to be a human being although far from full, like in so many, unfortunately, sectors of a society...I repeat, with these 'given facts', could this toddler, in time, if not given more golden opportunities to grow and become a 'main stream' or average being overcome most of the negatives already factual and pressing on him, and seek progress and be successful?

I'd say that human beings do not degrade themselves willingly, and there are some pleasures that are common among humans (according to Marlowe and the famous ladder of needs which defined the basic needs without which further and higher-level needs would be harder to fulfill if not impossible...). If to this we add a most striking fact of current times, and that is "living counter-clockwise" (British English would have it as "anti-clockwise" by the way...), i.e. living in a permanent "rush-hour" which welcomes everything that will shorten any spoken-written interchange, in the name of efficiency? then the brevity is a plus and to it, technology has placed a good share of this issue we talk about here.

Then degradation of language is a result of too many factors unrelated and related to what makes us humans, but mostly to ambiental facts.

Living as an underpriviledged can be ambiental, if we refer to material needs that can be more easily overcome than growing undepriviledged in terms of love and psichological support from parents or family/relatives...

Those lucky enough to grow, at least, 'average' will feel and talk with concern the ways it's being talked here...

Pain and moral suffering will find its way out, and some of this kind of speaking that has been mentioned here (not the original version of words or expressions, and its changes thru times or the geographical-related difference of meanings), but the one that has been qualified as 'degrading the language" although I do not have any study at hand that corroborates my opinion, reading about the seas of languages and the societies, in general, does give a hint.

Languages used to be also a social class identifier ;) Latin was for a long time in Europe the language for the erudite and royalties and books and knowledge...This has added/incorporated a lot of 'misspoken' expressions and words from peasants and traders (and this is astonishingly shared in several 'unrelated' cultures and languages.. sort of 'logical' staements??? I wonder


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi Puella,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write these interesting remarks. Cheers! :)


puella 4 years ago

Hi there!

Thanks quicksand for your words.

And speaking of “rush hour” I did not include in my last post precisely what should have as the original thought, and that is the one referred to “texting” as presented here

I’d say that, just by the same token someone understands when to talk a particular slang (among peers or at a party or ... else), everybody, if attended school, and grew up knowing the limits/territories, would know, wee just that, the limits.

Again, I have never seen a text message from a student to a teacher, or for any formal purpose written in the way that worries us here; this kind of communication entails or requires a certain extent of familiarity such as in a group or a couple or a boyfriend/girlfriend or musicians of a band, etc and it is used for just ‘general’ purposes and not for a richer (on a topic) conversation/interchange); it’s almost exclusive for equals or related people within a group, a team, etc. Therefore, to me, it is not really a threat but a habit or even a ‘need’ among people; and yes, habits can escalate. But the fact is, weird or crazy as it may seem for outsiders, the texted messages accomplish the purposes and people get connected and informed. It’s like Morse code or sort of ;) or like, long time ago, people aspiring to be secretaries did have to pass a test of quick writing upon dictation (can’t remember the name of that skill)

However, in a real formal environment that can have high impact on people’s life, I am more worried about how in some newspapers, and in some headlines in TV that are transcripted for readers, the horrible grammar mistakes made by, supposedly, people with degrees and far from being illiterate. That kind of errors, which probably passes unnoticed to many, can inadvertently teach the wrong spelling or display the wrong new all the same, speaks of lack of care and ignorance, and laziness, and even justify grammar and spelling errors, just because there are too many resources to have it done perfectly…grammar checkers and spellers and paragraph settings etc etc etc specially for the news business…It feels insulting and I can certainly quit reading that newspaper and/or doubt of the truthfulness of what is being said or written, because any disregard is still a disregard. Cheers.


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

Hi again Puella,

I do remember my father talking about morse code. The coding was made up of dots and dashes which represented letters of the alphabet by following a pattern. Samuel Morse was the inventor of this pattern.

The next thing you refer to is also a coding system which was known as shorthand. This is what those who wanted to be secretaries needed to learn. However the dicta-phone (or whatever you call it) deleted the requirement to learn shorthand.

As you point out, trends do catch up fast, and that is the real danger.

I appreciate your comments. Thanks again.

Peace, and cheers!


Matthew 4 years ago

This article is very biased, I myself have studied the evolution of the English Language and this attitude towards change has been around since the dawn of time.

It is only human nature to resist change, especially linguistically.

However, what you have to recognise is that even Chaucer and Shakespeare were criticised for their part in language change. People use language to create their own identity and express themselves, to have people use the language in a certain way is no different to a dictatorship. As linguistics we must recognise that variations have there own distinct syntax, lexicon and phonetic value and not make assumptions on whether this is good or bad. It simply is.

Umadbrah?


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quicksand 4 years ago Author

As I see it, the English Language is versatile as it is. Leaving out prepositions and conjunctions will only tax your imagination.

Sacrificing something good just to create an identity somehow does not sound right to me.

Anyway, thank you for your interesting point of view. :)


Martin 3 years ago

I don't know which part of the English speaking world this article is relevant to. As a young person I am dismayed that there seems to be a perception that the youth of today are somehow responsible for the degradation of English. As for so-called 'text-speak' I don't use it, and I don't know anyone who uses it to the extent captured in this article. Surely it's easier and less taxing simply to use proper english spelling when writing, rather than to 'invent' spellings. English is NOT a phonic language. If we seek to 'simplify' spelling in english, we threaten one of the defining characteristics of our beautiful and incredibly empowering language; its unique and sometimes odd phonology. Also, inflexions in English are minimal. Especially compared to most other Germanic languages. Thus, accurate usage of prepositions and conjunctions is essential in conveying information precisely and unequivocally.

N.B The closing statement below is purely subjective. :D

As a British citizen it saddens me that some people see English as a means to an end, as a necessary base skill required to function. It moved overseas at a relatively late stage in its development, so I view it as an almost entirely British construct. Today it's the most widely spoken language in the world (not Mandarin, it has the most native or 1st circle speakers). I reckon it's probably my country's greatest contribution to human development. Let's not ruin it. :)


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quicksand 3 years ago Author

Hi Martin,

English certainly is not a phonetic language much to the annoyance of everybody who attempts to learn it or employ it "late in life!"

"I reckon it's probably my country's greatest contribution to human development" ... I agree wholeheartedly! ... and thanks for your contribution as well, to this article!

Cheers!


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

I have no worries about any human language disappearing. We'll all figure out a way to communicate with each other.


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Yeah sure, we did have a great start, did we not? Thanks a lot for reading and commenting, cmoneyspinner1tf! :)


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StuartJ 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

As Mentioned on About.com. Thomas Lounsbury notes that there has existed "in every period of the past, as there is now, a distinct apprehension in the minds of very many worthy persons that the English tongue is always in the condition of approaching collapse, and that arduous efforts must be put forth, and put forth persistently, in order to save it from destruction."

There are lists of people from 1667 on, including the likes of Swift and Sheridan (more recently Orwell) who took this view.

In fact the language is not deteriorating at all. Language has always been in a state of flux and always will be.

The comments about Shakespeare astonish me. In Shakespeare's day there were no English grammar books and the writers wrote purely by instinct. Shakespeare used "who" and "whom" interchangeably with no regard to the rules since codified, and he is noted for spelling his own name in different ways.


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Hi Stuart, thank you for your interesting comments.


puella 2 years ago

In the Spanish world there exists a "Spanish Royal Academy" which is formed by only proven experts in, well, Spanish ;) The responsability of this academy is to establish rules for the formal use of the language across all needs and applications. And so, the grammar is strictly set and there are no, practically, loop-holes, to use it: either the rules are used or the language is "not formal"... but if there is a culture of twisting the spoken and written words it's...Spanish, and many journalists do abuse this. However, seriously, Spanish well (according to rules) spoken, is delightful and even moving/touching....inspiring.

The equivalent, to an academy for language, does not exist in English. When a couple of centuries ago, perhaps more, it was tried to come by, more notorious poets and writers were against the whole idea, and some more were pro. However, if did not happen. So really what is 'good grammar' in English has a good flexible 'range' of 'good' ;) And it's exactly a match to the cultural 'pragmatism' embedded. English is a 'verbs' language and so is the culture...WE live as/what/how we speak and we speak as we live by...And, literature, with all the e.e.cummings capitals missing, or the metaphors, and symbolisms... is as rich or richer than anyother...English is my favourite language! It has the strength to inspire and soothe at the same time... So, 'not-formal' has always been there and no worries...it's been a long long time and the clock has not stopped for a growing and evolving language (so it's alive! and running)...Expect more and more lexical newness and expressions and that, thanks to an also growing global town. Cheers. Lets worry more for helping/reaching out to those who otherwise can't enjoy the glory that is to speak well because we feel well about that and about ourselves...Cheers


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quicksand 2 years ago Author

A lot can be done within the borders of the rules! Cheers Puello, and thank you for writing these comments. :)


Mrigyank 2 years ago

Loved your article! It was completely true to its sense. With the advancement of social sites and various texting applications which are available on the phones these days, the coming generation would get so much habitual to using these short forms of the words. As the craze for texting is growing among the kinds I don’t know what kind of repercussions it will have on the coming generations. But then there are some language institutes like inlingua, New Delhi which are making sure that all their students learn to speak and write proper English. They encourage students to use proper words rather than these short forms. This in a way helps in the betterment of the students who get enrolled to improve their English at inlingua.


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quicksand 2 years ago Author

Hi Mrigyank! Yes, such encouragement should go global. Thanks for your interesting comments. :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 15 months ago from Essex, UK

An interesting and somewhat ominous prediction about the future of our language. Words and expressions are changing so fast, I worry that different sections of the community will soon no longer be able to understand each other. It's already happening. Friends of mine from a different background will use phrases from Ghetto Speak that mean nothing to me. How on Earth will people for whom English is a second language be able to understand? :(

Is there anything that can be done about it? At the moment most who use this kind of language in social life revert to 'proper' English when it comes to writing something more formal, and all national and international institutions - newspapers, broadcasters, major internet sites like Wikipedia - must resist the tempation to dumb down the language. There has to be a common language for all in society to use and understand, or society will break down. :(

As for text abbreviations, there have been well documented occasions in history where even a misplaced punctuation mark has led to serious misunderstandings. What kind of misunderstandings are going to result in future from the extreme shortening and distorting of words and sentences typically found in texting conversations? :(

And as for introducing emoticons, no chance of me going down that route. I only know two. No prizes for guessing which they are :)


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quicksand 15 months ago Author

Hi Greensleeves, the lenient Internet is also to be blamed. The danger is imminent and the changes are taking place unnoticed.

I foresee a time in which even conjunctions will be done away with. Pity.

Your views are much appreciated. Cheers! :)

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