Is technology ruining language?

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Many a linguistic commentator would have us (misleadingly) believe that technology is ruining language. Every mangled text message and misspelled Facebook status update, they cry, is a dagger through the heart of proper usage. But such grousing ignores increasingly symbiotic ties between linguistics and technology: Some of the most exciting developments in the use and exploration of language have been occurring this year on the front lines of technology.

Voicing Concerns, The Economist

By Perry Hewitt

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