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English FOA: Evolution of Technology and Language

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Emily Townsend

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of English FOA: Evolution of Technology and Language

The Evolution of Technology and The Effect on Language
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“The English language has always been evolving. The language spoken during the Middle Ages is entirely different from the everyday language used in Australia today, for example. In general, languages are constantly evolving, usually very slowly over time. But over the last decade our language has taken a great leap forward. And much of the responsibility for the change falls onto modern technology.”
“Language is an evolving thing. It’s naive to think that the language of social media is not having an effect on the way we use English in day-to-day life. It’s more appropriate to consider just how much of an effect it’s having on the way we communicate.”
One predominant fictional argot of Facebook for teenagers would be breathlessness or emphatic speech. Their pages are peppered with “Okkkkayyyyy” and” HAHAHAHA. “ and “OMG!!!!!” You can find polite little girls cursing like sailors on Facebook. Everything is louder, more ardent, capitalized. This is a way of dramatizing or raising the stakes on even the most inane or banal exchange: You don’t just look cute. You look soooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!! For every piece of idle communication it is as if you are stranded on a desert island, waving your arms and jumping up and down to get the attention of a passing plane.
"Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts."
"What’s more, there are no language barriers with images. As the world grows smaller, thanks to technology, people from all over the globe can chat with images that translate into a universal tongue."
As technology has evolved, our language not only within technology has changed, but also the way we communicate face to face.
1. Speed
2. Build On Each Other
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