Teenagers are saying brief sentences when they text and when they do there is slew of abbreviations. There is a greater need to shorten tecause of the cost in using the latest in cell phones. The abbreviations are much more than the ones baby boomers used to identify with but so it goes as the written language is being modified as this is being written. Change is inevitable and has to happen for the language to continue to evolve, only now there may be a change equivalent to the difference between the Shakespearean variety and what we have now.
The way we rephrase sentences is different than before as children are breaking up sentences into fragments when they speak and do not necessarily use full sentences to communicate or reply using the classic prepositional phrase beginning with words like to or on. There is a greater use of words like like, where the speaker does not bother to describe an object with other distinctive words. There is a greater loss of sentences that use as if and comparatives are poorly stated. Putting all this together means the quality of written and spoken language is being compromised as we know it and much as to do with the attitude behind learning and the what is being passed on to new speakers.
When youngsters are not as likely to string together phrases to make a compound sentence they are less likely to be able to defend an argument decently. It is been the experience of language coaches that new Canadians are less likely to apply relative clauses or use reported speech when the talk and these entail sentences with dependent and independent clauses that make up sentences that are more complex than the simple form.The new speaker is less likely to end his sentence with a downturn in tonality and the older listener sometimes has difficulty knowing whether he has completed expressing his ideas or not.
Will people be less communicative than before because the construction of their sentences are less elaborate than before. Younger new Canadians will be more likely to shy away from using more descriptive sentences to defend a point of view and the result will probably graphic speech with a mix of gestures and signals.
Because students are less likely to commit themselves into being specific because of the need to be satisfied more immediately these days compared to years ago,they will be the ones who will be breaking sentences and using abbreviations like never before. The cycle of diluting the language will be completed and will continue as long as speech is used or until it becomes more complex with the import of new words and the creation of new idiomatic expressions and verbs, if that happens. Communicability as we know it may be harder but because the language has proven itself to be more efficient, the language is still likely to survive, but it will be very different.