The BBC reports that a linguistics expert has rejected claims that texting by mobile phone is bad for language and literacy skills. Professor David Crystal argues that such condensed messages enhance and enrich language skills. He called it an “urban myth” that school work was riddled with text speech, and said in fact students knew when to use it in the right context. The honorary professor of linguistics at Bangor University said texting was widespread across all age groups. Prof Crystal said that texting had had a bad press, and it was merely another way to use language.
Whilst researching his book – Txtng: the Gr8 Db8 – Prof Crystal said the oldest example of texter he had found was an 86-year-old grandmother in the United States.
It was also a misconception that text messages were all made up of abbreviated words, he said.