Does slang prevent young people from being able to communicate properly?
What is slang? A colloquial perversion of a language suited to common usage by different groups of people using the language. This definition is too general as it includes various dialects,secret codes and languages within languages that do not really count as slang.
So will define slang as the language of the young people; that though is understood by older persons, it is not employed by those who think of themselves as old because it is considered to be puerile,immature and casual.
People argue that slang in the form of AIM lingo causes students to under-perform in English tests or exams because they do not always fight the tendency to use AIM abbreviations. Slang in the form of ghetto lingo is also problematic when it comes to these tests because, while exoticisms are encouraged in these classes; the inclusion of words that do not fit into a global,universal and/or clean clear-cut English.
On the other hand language develops from pidgin to creole and higher with the genius of children. Perhaps we should credit the youth for advancing language and not downgrade their work in the development of English and other tongues. [[http://www.examenglish.com/TOEFL/TOEFL_reading1.htm]]
Students perform poorly in formal language tests because they're out of practice when it comes to using
Saying 'yeah' in lieu of 'yes' is a common problem and one which is never tolerated in the classroom or in tests/exams. Some slang words are new and older persons may not know them. Using these words can inhibit conversation greatly. Sometimes a language gap resulting from slang usage can manifest a language block between people of different generations.
Not everyone is well-versed in thumb-text/AIM lingo and it is difficult to grasp for older people who act like an old dog who can't be taught new tricks. This of course is not true for 'all' older persons; a large number of 'old' people are hipper and with the times, than most 13 year-olds.
When someone uses slang where s/he should be formal her/his audience does not usually take her/him seriously and most people assume that the person in question is not capable of formal speech or that s/he has no command of the language in question.
Although I agree that the elderly may not understand slang or even agree with its use, I believe that in a few more generations everyone will understand slang and use it frequently.
Is that such a big problem?
The english language changed from Old English to New Modern Day English, maybe Slang is the next step forward.
Besides, slang is an art of communication. When we are talking about young people, which based on my humble thought is referring to the students or the teenagers, they speaks and express themselves by using slang words. Slang word is their daily words.
Based on a study conducted by a professor, it is undeniable that slang affect the academic writing of the youngsters, but, it is not as bad as what people are paranoid of. Most of them can write formal language very well. But, they may slip one or two slang words accidentally. Most of all, they are aware of it and improving it.
In these context, i believe that the young people nowadays are more aware of their own language usage and they know when to use the language and so. Thus, i strongly disagree with the argument that slang prevent young people from being able to communicate properly.
Grammar is often the handiwork of young tots; let them have it
We adults cannot develop or learn language as well as children do. They dictate the most efficient forms of communication for the times. We cannot stick to one form of a language for a very long time and they're the only ones young and innovative enough to allow language to evolve naturally.
Authors,poets etc are not children.
They are responsible for developing language and publishing its many forms. [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-peters/made-up-words-neologism_b_703977.html]]
Grammar rules can be set by any one of any age. They catch on amongst children because they're are impressionable copy cats. One says or does something and the rest follow like sheep.
Slang has become young peoples main language
Slang prevents young people to become potential employers as well as prepared for the future
theres a nice list of slang words/ phrases you probably use every day!
Closing the generation gap: hip teaching methods
In our zeitgeist; parents and teachers are encouraged to speak the language of the children to better understand their issues and problems. Learning text-talk or slang could be the answer to closing the generation gap or relieving the discomfort that comes from formal dialogue/dialog.
Not everything can be best related in formal or perfect English/Urdu/Swahili/any-language. Sometimes slang improves the quality of communication because it is accessible to the people having the conversation.
These kids need to grow up and the best way to do it, is to brush up on language skills. Learn the lingo of your elders; speak the language you are taught. There are places where slang is acceptable and there are situations where it is not.
For example slang used in the British Public Boys' schools would never be tolerated in a public boys' school test or exam or speech for that matter. [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,884113,00.html]]
slang did not prevent William shakespeare to communicate properly.
It depends on the person. If they begin to use slang in real life situations where slang shouldn't be used. They're stupid anyway.
^^^ PERFECTLY SAID AND STATED! this
Time are changing and so is every generation. Slang is becoming part of everyday life, therefore everyone, employers included understand it.
We seem to want to hold on to the dictionary defined English yet people forget that new words are added to the dictionary all the time.
Maybe its time slang words were recognised as part of the English Language.