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Kaitlin Quintana Mr. Boesch AP English Language and Composition 2 October 2017 1987 Question 3 Cesar Chavez once said, “A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers,” and upon the reflection of the idiosyncrasies of the language of youths in the modern age, I asked myself: why do different age groups form languages exclusive to them, and what stands as the purpose of these developments? In the modern age of technology, teenagers utilize language through the internet, and the internet incorporates convenience and abstract humor in order to facilitate the growth and development of modern teenage language. The internet, once a technological breakthrough, now resides as a household staple for many families around the world. For teenagers, the internet resonates in daily life. From the steady increase in online textbook use to the phenomenon of paying bills online, not a day goes by that the internet does not rear its head in the life of the current generations. Language stands as no exception; Teenagers actively utilize the internet to communicate in ways that no other generation had before: instant, high speed messaging. Clarity no longer reigns at the top of the list of priorities for teenagers when it comes to communication. Speed, once a secondary value in language, now exists as one of the most important factors in modern language on the internet. Instant, high speed messaging allows people around the world to communicate with whomever that they desire to in a matter of minutes. A teenager residing in Beijing could just as easily have a conversation with a teenager from Milan as they would a next door neighbor. The younger generations learn to adapt to these surges of communication opportunities by creating a sort of
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universal virtual language that most anyone, no matter the language in which they speak, can understand. This universal language, better known as the “emoji,” involves the addition of an animated icon, usually expressing either an emotion or an object, into a virtual message in order to better clarify the meaning that the message encompasses. With this method, teens and young adults can spend less time clarifying the meaning of the messages that they send, and more time communicating with humans far and wide. The internet created a luxury of speed in the realm of language, and the luxury of speed creates an air of convenience around the environment of communication. Convenience: a luxury few can afford. Hard work pays well, but for the development of language, little effort seems to reward many to a greater extent than those who over-achieve. As time goes on, language appears to simplify more and more, almost to the point that formalities are no longer held in high regard. Writing no longer seems challenging, linguistics a bore. Alas, language goes through many transitions, only to fit the world that requires a new sort from generation to generation. In a world that never seems to stop moving, a world that thrives on the
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