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.
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 ...
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!
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."
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.
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!
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 Of The English Language
Importance Of Learning English - Accents
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!
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.
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!
What's Your Say On This Topic?
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.
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