Teens use just 800 different words a day: Experts

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London, Jan 11: Linguistic experts have raised concern over the deteriorating language skills and vocabulary among teenagers  due to texting and internet use.

Teenagers use approximately 800 different words a day, say expets. But, the abbreviated 'teenspeak' of text messages, social networking sites and Internet chat rooms are having significant effect on the vocabulary of youngsters.

Professor of linguistics at Lancaster University, Tony McEnery, found in his research that top 20 words used by teenagers, including 'yeah', 'no' and 'but', account for about a third of all words used.

Now, Jean Gross, Britain's new adviser on childhood language development, plans to launch a campaign to solve the problem.

"Teenagers are spending more time communicating through electronic media and text messaging, which is short and brief," the Telegraph quoted her as telling The Sunday Times.

She added, "We need to help today's teenagers understand the difference between their textspeak and the formal language they need to succeed in life - 800 words will not get you a job.

"I want teenagers going into workplaces and making videos of how people communicate and then putting them on YouTube for others to study."

Gross's campaign targeting primary and secondary schools may be launched in 2011.


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