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Teens, Tech And Language: A Tired Old Tale Retold

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From the telegraph to the typewriter to the text message, every new technology inspires rhapsodies about the effect it'll have on language — especially the language of the young. In his commentary, Fresh Air's resident linguist points out that language — and the young — somehow manage to survive.



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