TED Talks Texting is Killing Language Discussion

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This week will be watching and discussing the TED Talk by linguist John McWhorter on the subject of texting and how it fits into language today.

Watch the TED Talk "Texting is Killing Language...JK!!!" by John McWhorter. After you have watched the TED Talk, answer the following questions in reply. 2 Paragraphs~ 400 words


  1. What is the speaker's main argument? Or what is his thesis?
  2. Name at least 3 specific examples/pieces of evidence he uses to support his argument?
  3. What was the biggest takeaway that you had from this video? What interested you the most?

Link to the TEC Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/john_mcwhorter_txtng_is_...

Tutor Answer

School: Cornell University


Running head: TEXTING

Texting and how it fits into Language today
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The speaker's main argument

Although texting is writing, it is termed as fingered speech. Fingered speech is writing
the way people talk without following the rules of writing such as punctuation and capitalization
of letters. Texting is a new type of language that has resulted due to increasing globalization and
young people mostly use it along with their ordinary writing skills (McWhorter, 2013). In the
past, texting did not exist because our ancestors were likely to follow writing rules, unlike today.
As the world continues to evolve, the ma...

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