Does technology make us poor spellers? The effects of CMC on standard spelling
Abstract: In this digital era, technology has been accused of causing declining language standards. However, not much research has been put forth to support this claim. Therefore, this literature review seeks to examine current studies investigating the impact of Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) on standard spelling. Features of CMC are presented, as well aslearning theories relevant for the understanding of the linguistic debate. Moreover, results from research on CMC in formal and informal contexts are addressed, followed by an examination of studies conducted on different educational levels. This review suggests that there are indeed both positive and negative aspects of CMC use, seemingly related to context and age of participants. Issues regarding methodology are discussed, as well as implications for language education. Lastly, suggestions for future research are proposed.
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