What makes up a language? A language is a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community, nation, geographical area, or the same cultural tradition, according to Dictionary.com. Huh?
Said differently, a language is a body of words used by a group of people who share a same culture, tradition, region, etc.
So, that begs the question, considering how much we love to communicate through texting today, is texting changing the English language? lmao.
How Languages Develops
Evolution of the English language is an ongoing event. From the languages evolution from Old English to Middle English to Modern English, the evolution of the English language over the centuries has been shaped by many different world events, such as major historical events, the advent of technology, and the Renaissance.
With the invention of the printing press in the Middle Ages, many believed at the time it was an invention by the devil because it would create all sorts of false opinions into people’s minds.
Texting has put a similar fear into many minds in that the texting language will be the great fall of the English language. In the early stages of the texting phenomenon, many concerns arose around the impact texting would have on the language, particularly on the younger minds. Several of those concerns were:
At the end of the day, texting is as much a part of a languages evolution as anything else in history. Change is good and the ever-evolving change in our language is a good thing too. If languages did not change and evolve wouldn’t we all speaking some sort of Proto-Indo-European language of the year 4500 B.C.?
Hey, can the acronym B.C. be considered the first shortcut text acronym? LOL.