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Texting as a “miraculous thing”: 6 ways our generation is redefining communicationTexting as a “miraculous thing”: 6 ways our generation is redefining communication

Posted By Jessica Gross

Texting is not a blight on the English language, says linguist John McWhorter in today’s talk, given at TED2013. Rather, texting is a “miraculous thing”: a novel linguistic mode that’s redefining the way we communicate with each other — for the better. McWhorter points out that texting shouldn’t be categorized as written language –but as […]

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LOL is its own language: Q&A with John McWhorterLOL is its own language: Q&A with John McWhorter

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Kids these days are “speaking” a new language, right under our noses and literally right under the table. But is texting making us dumber? No, says John McWhorter, Associate Professor at Columbia University and Contributing Editor at The New Republic. In his talk from TED@New York — one of 293 talks given as part of […]