New York City, NY (PRWEB) December 08, 2013
eReflect recently discussed 21st century language skills with Erin Jansen, creator of netlingo.com, a website that monitors and records the intersection between language and technology. Her website is the largest list of text and chat acronyms on the internet, and is the go-to source for the online jargon that permeates today’s communication, technology, finance, and business industries.
The website’s focus on how the Internet has led to the creation of "cyber speak," or "net lingo," is one that fascinates the creative development team at eReflect, the e-learning company behind noted spelling improvement software Ultimate Spelling™. In her discussion with the Ultimate Spelling™ editor, Erin Jansen answers questions about how technology, text shorthand, and abbreviations affect spelling skills, and literacy more generally. Her answers are often surprising; for instance, Jansen doesn’t believe texting rules and acronyms affect a person's progress in learning spelling. She regards net lingo as just another, parallel way of communicating.
Language’s creativity and its infinite possibilities are two qualities that texting and cyber speak testify to. Language can accommodate new world developments, and find names and concepts to describe new circumstances, and is creative enough to allow the co-existence of old and new through a constant production of new definitions. eReflect believes that language is unrestrained, and that academics and linguists cannot confine or prevent its development. Texting and cyber speak are two such developments. Language never ceases to grow, revise, and reinvent itself through the people it is spoken by.
The interview with Jansen, which has just been published on the Ultimate Spelling blog, also discusses how Internet acronyms such as WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) can be so widely and consistently used, that they become full-blown valid English words. WYSIWYG is now listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, something that illustrates how strong an influence technology has on language. If a word is taken up and used by many people it gradually receives official word status recognition.
As social media popularity and use grow, a wealth of concepts and terms will continue enriching the already multicolored English language. What’s important is to embrace the new in ways that language is not damaged but strengthened, and eReflect promises to keep up with the changes in English as they shape and are shaped by modern society.
For more information about how Ultimate Spelling software can improve spelling performance for you and your family, please visit the official website at http://www.ultimatespelling.com.
About Ultimate Spelling™
Ultimate Spelling provides a modern and easy to use spelling software that has been designed with one goal in mind – making children want to learn.
It is a fast and easy way to master even the most complicated spelling, without the need to write long lists or complete boring tests.
In fact, Ultimate Spelling provides more than just spelling help. It is a complete educational resource that boosts all level of a child’s literacy.
Containing a personal computer tutor, Ultimate Spelling is the most realistic step-by-step guide to flawless spelling ability.