Blog VII

April 15, 2010

Yeah, so it has been a bit hectic lately. I agree with many of my fellow Bloggers who share the same frustrations I’ve had with the regular postings. The deadlines were compelling and once removed I lost track of time as the semester moved on. I had originally thought that we have the time to keep posting until the end of the semester. Seeing as I have barely started to work on Section 3 (research notwithstanding) I planned on keeping posting as my work progressed until the time came to wrap up the work on the website. So, I know it will be overdue but since I simply don’t have much to say about the process of creating Section 3 yet, I will post it in a few days.
Now as for the particulars I do have regarding the section, I will stick by what I originally said I will. I’ll tackle the issue of how language has been used and modified on the internet. Although the idea of using other languages has also crossed my mind I really don’t see other languages being “afflicted” by the internet-speak syndrome to the extent that English is.

I have an idea of how the layout will look. I think I will juxtapose a Standard English text, with an Elizabethan one, and finally one written with the embellishments of E-talk. Though no real scholarly text or any kind of professional writing is ever written that way it is important to see the distinctions clearly between the varying texts. I myself am not too big on the prospect of using E-talk in day-to-day life. I share the same kind of reluctance that Hannah does with regard to it. In a way it does “retard” the English language and since the younger generation is using it more and more, it can be worrying.

But despite my preconceptions about it, my persuasive part will be dedicated to arguing the pros and cons or it. I will not be judgmental. The idea is to give a fair shake to both sides and to reach a conclusion.  I think it’s important because what we consider today to be “conventional” is usually, more or less, dynamic. The use of language changes as does technology. We covered that in class in it’s an important factor when considering the development of language. The English language has taken different forms during the course of history. The earliest Anglo-Saxon English is as different from Shakespearian English as is The Victorian dialect form modern-day English. Keeping that in mind it’s hard to say with absolute certainty which manifestation is the true embodiment of what English should be like and which is “vulgar.”

So, this is the rough outline I have for Section 3. Missing that workshop on Tuesday really harmed the process but, as I always say, I will catch up.


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