Autocorrect: A Love/Hate Story

By Patience Kelly

Ah autocorrect, turning our swears into fluffy animals, and our fluffy animals into, well, other words for years. It turns good spellers into bad ones, and makes bad ones look like they are all but illiterate. It’s meant for ease of typing, obviously, to fix things like capital letters, and the most common mistakes people make on a keyboard, once people started using it, they realized the hilarity that could ensue, replacing “yes” with “hell yeah” or their own names with some other silly combination of words.

And of course, we all know of the great debate between whether the age of social media is killing our language, and communication, when the most likely answer, is that it exists in a realm of its own; being its own language. Hell, the internet is basically an entirely different culture, so of course it created its own language, but I digress.

According to some linguists, autocorrect is saving the English language, with fixes like apostrophe’s and changing tho to though, but reading through the article, I can’t help but to feel like autocorrect is in some way a language purist. Although, it has gotten used to capitalizing my name (Patience) and coz instead of cuz or because, it still refuses to let me use little letters for ok, and most of the time I find myself individually typing each word or phrase instead of swiping or using autocorrect.

Per the same article, new versions, and ideas for T9 (texting technology) include things like correct verb conjugation, which to me raises even more questions, will things like this in other languages be as fluid and true in a grammatical sense, making it conceivably easier to learn language through texting and other techno-savy means? Will having that safety net make it easier to be a bad speller, and a bad conjugator? And will the ‘language purists” of both the real world and software land be harsher on technology lingo or will they ever let it go and let the internet, and texting talk, communicate, interact, and socialize the way it wants to?

Maybe we’ll get the answers we’re looking for soon, but for now we will have to rest in the fact that in Word, our I before e except after c mistakes will always be fixed, and texting with our phones will always be hilarious.

The Art of Silence

By Patience Kelly

Non-Verbal Communication and Linguistics

Non-Verbal communication can be defined as communication through wordless clues and can include things like; clothing, uses of time like waiting and pausing, touch in communication, body language like foot tapping, nodding, shrugging, waving and other body movement, things like limping and running, facial expressions, eye movements, smell, voice quality, silence, mumbling, speed, tone, volume, posture, position of body, and uses of space.

Languages such as American sign language have been around since the 17th century. Native Americans used signed language systems before 1492, in the 1500 the Turkish Ottoman court were using signed communication. In Ancient Rome, many men were known for their art of public speaking, and followed strict rules of gesture and even which hands to use in public speaking. The crowd understood the meanings of these gestures, and the messages were respected by all.

In the 1980’s a group of deaf children in Nicaragua came together and created their own form of sign language, completed with syntax, and linguists were allowed to see the birth of a language for the first time.

Non-verbal communication accounts for as much as two thirds of all communication, and is arguably the most important part of any conversation. The nuances of silence, or how a look between people who have known each other for years can communicate hours of spoken conversation. Even things like handwriting and page layout can make a statement about how a person communicates, and who they are as a person.