The Language Revolution

The rising evolution in technology which enhances variety of aspects in human life whether for means of transportation, conveying messages, daily chores, business administration, politics and the list goes on. During the early era of human development in this modern technologies, linguistics do not actually bothered to include language that was being used in messages and emails in the Web. They in fact, marked such language as a cancer in real form of language. Now however, that language is accepted and even considered as a part of the language branches. That language which is being used in the Web is commonly called Netspeak and explained as an Internet jargon. Netspeak is very influenced from many language as the basic language itself is a form that combined together other language semantics and morphology into a single new language. Most of this characteristics can be seen from multi language users that only use English for primary usage but add in their own mother tongue that fused together to make up for the meaning that both speaker and receiver can understand. The phonology of English also being abbreviated parallel with their own mother tongue for example “2moro” that means tomorrow. The styles of writing are also became more and more diverse as new ways being created to express meaning and convey expressions making Netspeak more dynamic than traditional writing and more permanent than traditional speech. The construction of sentences are also aided by media provided by the Web itself allowing multi-coloured words, multiple fonts and etc.. Although Netspeak generates various writing styles, such manifestation must be monitored and limited. The widespread usage in daily lives in fact entangle and integrated into one’s unconscious words and sentences formation that they unintentionally use it in the formal writing and speech. Educators must provide helps and guidance to ensure their students aware of such error. The basic need of such language is actually to reduce the amount of characters provided by certain Web allowed. Thus abbreviations were used massively and often like widespread fire. However, how linguists are going to interpret the rules, syntax, morphology, semantic or phonology of this language as the variety is heavily oriented by more than one true language like English or French. Based on David Crytal’s writing, the African resource list he got includes native language of Yoruba which consist even its idioms, naming patterns and greetings. Thus a linguist must not interpret Netspeak from one language perspective only. On the contrary, many believe that Internet is solely governs by English which proves to be incorrect as many languages are already risen to compete with English oriented Web in the Internet. For example, in Japan almost 90% of its website are in Japanese. For others who mainly use English as their lingua franca, such idea may in fact helps them in learning English better. They will try their hard to learn English better to help them with their business in the Internet. The way of interaction is also improving as the speaker can now communicate with more than one person at a time for example in chat rooms. Instead of going to the party and tried to make out other people voices, users are now ‘listening’ to all users in chat room but cannot even avoid them. Users also negating the effects of space and time when communicating through the Web as the messages can be conveyed simultaneously and not simultaneously. For users who loves their own minority language for example can get high benefit from using Internet. They can publicly promote their unique language, attract other people globally and then save the endangered language from becoming extinct as other can help maintaining its very own existence. Thus one who have high regard towards language in a whole finds Netspeak as a garden of life which not only mingles with cultures but with people. The role on traditional language now blossom into other usage and this has been proven by taking English as an example;the majority of people who using English as a medium of communication in the Internet are not the people who use English as their mother tongue but the outer ring or the outer circle of people which are multilingual but use English for purposes like business, politics and etc… Its helps the development of English as non-English speakers take English seriously thus promoting further steps towards English understanding and then help them understanding the Netspeak which use English as a base. They will no longer prostate themselves cracking what they picture common abbreviation used in the Web as word puzzles or codebreaker. In conclusion, we must look upon Netspeak highly as it revolutionise “Old English” into “Modern English” by taking language a step further parallel, cohesive and integrated with modern technology.
The discussion was aided by David Crystal writing on Internet language


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