Clarification of Answer by
27 Feb 2003 11:28 PST
>Need more info:
>1. Neologism used in the internet-chatroom/sms messaging.
>Advantages/disadvantages that might affect the use english language
>terms of GRAMMAR; does it promote the ignorance of spelling and
>correct grammar usage of the English language?
Here are 2 links to chat room abbreviations:
Graduate student at Baskin School of Engineering
The use neologism in chat rooms is really user-dependent in terms of
its potential promotion of "ignorance." There's really no way to
quantify that. For example, a well-learned English student who
frequents chat rooms might use neologism all the time as a means of
short-hand. Because this short-hand is written, it wouldn't affect
his oral diction. Even in written circumstances, he needs to know
what the ORIGINAL spelling is in order to abbreviate it. "Hv a gud
day/nyt" is an abbreviation of something he already knows how to
spell. If, over a period of many, many years, he never used the
correct spelling, effectively relearning a new "language," this may
potentially have an effect on his grammar/spelling skills. This would
be no different from writing in a second language at the expense of
one's mother tongue. If one, as an English speaker, stopped writing
[and reading] English, and instead wrote in Spanish exclusively, then
over several [10-20?] years this could affect his English writing.
He'd simply forget how to write correctly.
However, in a situation where one is a bad speller of common words on
the onset, he may be more influential to the incorrect use of
spelling, and should avoid deliberate misspellings of words wherever
Typical situations that require one to write in his native language
would reinforce proper grammar. Reading also reinforces the proper
usage. In general, chat room abbreviations are atypical usages that
are transient in comparison to the long term, more consistent use of,
and exposure to, correct grammar/spelling.
Neologism might also be annoying/aggravating to those unfamiliar with
it. If a sentence is so highly abbreviated so as to not be
recognizable without some sort of supplemental dictionary, it may be
more detrimental to a chat room discussion than beneficial. Also,
some might deem a person as too lazy to "type the real thing out,"
especially if the user is overusing it.
2. Also need emphasis (advatages only) on the use of neologism
following the trend of technology. Example: the created words like -
LASER, INTERNET, cyberspace, compactdisk/cd, dvd, MRI, GPS....etc.
THNX, hv a gud day/nyt!!! I aprciate it. <-----neologism in sms/chat
The links I gave you with regard to companies using neologism will
touch on this concept. In general, it gives a company an
identifiable, possibly "musical/rhythmnic" association with their
brand or product, which will facilitate memorization and
commercialization. If a word has a specific "sound" or "ring" to it,
it has a greater potential of being remembered. This is true in
technology and in other industries.
In the technology sector, Neologism affords people an ability to coin
phrases for things as they develop. Technology is ever evolving,
which presents needs, almost on a daily basis, for new, unique
nomenclature. The more catchy and easier to pronounce, the quicker it
will catch on and be used. It's also much easier to use the term
"LASER" than "Light Amplification By Stimulated Emission of
Radiation." Abbreviations are almost essential in this regard, lest
conversations become too cumbersome.
If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask...