Article Title: Will we stop speaking and just text?
This article is about the future of speech as we know it. The author wonders whether texting would be the only mode of communication in the future.Throughout history, many people have never learned to write, and many cultures have had no writing system, but they have all had spoken language. Written language was created to give a record of spoken language. Written language has evolved to convey things that speech cannot. It has more to do with the flexibility of language, origin of words and aesthetic value of writing. Speech and language have evolved independently and in the digital age both are getting merged together.
The article traces the history of online texting and points out how, to substitute physical gestures and emotions, emoticons or rather emojis were developed.Their primary use is not to present the speaker’s emotion but to help smooth out interpersonal relationships and to convey features such as irony. They are not about how the sender feels so much as how the sender wants the receiver to feel. It also describes how we can intensify the emotion we want to convey by using duplication for ex: wtf and wtfff represent different intensities. The article highlights the transformation that speech and language are going through and describes its influence on other forms of communication like advertisements, newspaper articles etc.
Words to learn from this Article:
Facetious: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
Vernacular: the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people of a country or region.
Etymological: relating to the origin and historical development of words and their meanings.
Constraints: a limitation or restriction
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