McWhorter: The language miracle of teenage texting

03/4/2013 | Fast Company online

Linguist John McWhorter argues in a TED talk that texting acronyms, such as LOL, are not the ruination of language that many teachers and parents believe them to be. He says they have actually come to imply shades of meaning and levels of subtly distinct from spoken words. "Emergent complexity, this is what we're seeing in this fingered speech," he said.

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