I have become an old fuddy-duddy when it comes to kids and language. I gripe about standardized multiple-choice testing in schools and how its emergence has devalued the art of articulate writing as a necessary skill. I mourn the demise of the adverb and the evolution of the stranded preposition. My ears and eyes ache when subjects and verbs don't agree. I have frequently wondered how texting will ruin modern language.
Never fear, my worries have been laid to rest by this TED talk from linguist John McWhorter who argues that texting will not replace modern language, but add to it. All of those LOL's and omw's are simply another dialect that our children will learn and expand upon over time. In fact, McWhorter argues that by learning this new dialect, our children will be even more versatile in their language development.
Interesting and reassuring, indeed. Check it out and let me know what you think: