Will text-messaging affect the learning of written English?

30th March 2001 at 01:00
The issue of text-messaging and its effects on other varieties of written English is a complex one and cannot be summed up in a sentence or two. But I have never claimed - as you say I did (Friday, March 9) - that current difficulties evident in students' abilities with standard written English have anything to do with text-messaging.

In my original interview with the Eastern Evening News last December, I was aske whether text-messaging would get in the way of children's learning standard written English; I said it might, but how can we say what will happen, as it is as yet early days. None of the journalists who have followed this up - with the exception of the Daily Mail and the Telegraph - has bothered to speak to me to check the details.

Dr K Lodge, senior lecturer in linguistics and phonetics, UEA, Norwich

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