What Are the Effects of Technology on Language & Communication?

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What Are the Effects of Technology on Language & Communication?
Technology modifies our language and communication. (on the phone 2 image by Jale Evsen Duran from Fotolia.com)

The more dynamic an epoch, the simpler its language proves to be. Ancient languages, such as Sanskrit and Latin, distinguish themselves from the modern ones due to their complicated characters. The modern languages derived from their earlier predecessors, such as modern English, have been simplified as well. For example, the English verb has lost its personal endings in the present tense. Traditional plural forms of the nouns that were rather diversified, such as child--children, tooth--teeth, have become exclusions while the majority of plural forms are unified. This language simplification is a sequence of the dynamic social development. Modern technology strengthens this dynamism even more.

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Positive Effects of Technology on Language and Communication

Modern technology gives us opportunity to communicate as soon as we need it, even if our interlocutor is on another continent. Skype allows us even to see another participant of the conversation. During earthquakes some people under the ruins were found because they had their mobile phones with them.There are cases when people while dying were able to dial 911 and helped to save their own lives.

Negative Effects of Technology on Language and Communication

Nevertheless, when we talk on phone, we count money, and due to this, we use shortened forms of the phrases. Thus, technology makes us use corrupted language. There is a special subculture of Internet-admirers who have elaborated their own ugly jargon which is widely used in the Internet and distinguishes itself greatly from the standardised language. People have realised that if they are understood while using this jargon, there is no need in a normative language. Television promotes a simplified, "non-bookish" version of English, which is obviously not aimed at intellectuals.

Decadence of Written Communication Culture

Due to our usage of technology, we send each other letters describing our lives and emotions via regular mail very rarely. Rather, we occasionally send official correspondence and holiday cards. There are no such things as personal archives with correspondence. People have lost a writing habit, while handwriting is a very important element of personal identity. Hence, people lose parts of their personal identities.

Neutral Effects of Technology on Language and Communication

An addition to decadence of the written communication culture, modern technology threatens to a special literature genre like "epistolary novel." Many works by brilliant authors were designed as epistolary novel in the past, for example, "The Letters of Obscure Men" by Ulrich von Hutten and "Dangerous Liaisons" by Chaderlo de Laclo. It should be mentioned that a modern version of this genre has already appeared, at least, in the movies. "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks is a striking example of this genre.

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