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2b or not 2b? Texting: The Gr8 Debate

It’s important to understand that language is a very controversial issue, with many different strong opinions about language diversity and change.

There is linguistic prescriptivism which may imply some forms of language are wrong, improper or substandard, and linguistic descriptivism, which instead seeks to analyse language as it works,  aiming for a more objective approach.

Here are the two sources based around texting. The online article from John Humphry’s ‘I h8 txt msgs‘ and the extract from a textbook on language, written by David Crystal. After reading, summarise they key points and write your own response, detailing your own opinions on the so-called ‘Gr8 debate’.

Mr B