Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

AT&T Tech Channel roundtable discussion on texting slang

A few weeks ago I joined Harris Salat of Visual Thesaurus and John Briggs of the University of California to discuss texting, slang, and the overall effect of technology on English in a video roundtable hosted by AT&T Tech Channel.

I particularly liked to hear Dr. Briggs confirm what I know but what many people have a hard time believing: text and chat slang and acronyms are showing up almost not at all in the essays of high school students. Students simply need to be taught how to adjust the register of their language for each situation—and that’s part of the reason why they’re in school.

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Grant Barrett