Pon­teng Abuthen Aga­ra­tion Cor­right Aiyo Lah! Shiok Cor­right Hoot Abuthen Paiseh Yaya pa­paya Jialat Aga­ra­tion

Lah! Abuthen Aga­ra­tion Paiseh Aiyo Lah! Abuthen Han nah Paiseh

Asian Geographic - - Science - Aiyo Cor­right Pon­teng Aga­ra­tion Pon­teng Hoot Hoot Jialat Abuthen Jialat Abuthen Paiseh

Aiyo

Paiseh

Com­puter Age The In­ter­net is the vir­tual back­bone of mod­ern cul­ture. It has changed the way peo­ple com­mu­ni­cate, from acronyms in What­sapp mes­sages to fresh ne­ol­o­gisms – like ‘selfie’ – on Face­book. Style and form are out the win­dow, traded in for speed. The in­for­ma­tion era is mov­ing fast, and lan­guage is con­stantly adapt­ing to keep up with the race.

We’re now get­ting used to the idea of rapidly-de­vel­op­ing tech­nolo­gies chang­ing what we can do and how we do it, and the way we com­mu­ni­cate is no ex­cep­tion. World-fa­mous lin­guist David Crys­tal points out that ne­ol­o­gisms and acronyms spread like ‘wild­fire’ through­out the var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms – and when they do, they be­come part of our ev­ery­day lan­guage.

Dur­ing a re­cent trip to Lom­bok, an is­land in In­done­sia whose in­hab­i­tants speak a lo­calised Sasak lan­guage, I was sur­prised when my guide asked if I wanted a ‘selfie’ in front of a wa­ter­fall. It’s mo­ments like this when you clearly see how tech­nol­ogy has left its mark on all lan­guages. We both un­der­stood what he meant by ‘selfie’, and it showed that In­ter­net users are cre­at­ing their own form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Tech­nol­ogy has al­ways af­fected lan­guage, from the in­tro­duc­tion of the print­ing press (1476) to the birth of the au­to­mo­bile (1768), it has brought new words, and changed ex­ist­ing se­man­tics. The In­ter­net alone has brought new mean­ings to words such as ‘post’, ‘stream’ and ‘troll’. There are also lin­guists who sug­gest that in­stant tech­nol­ogy has made our ev­ery­day conversations less for­mal, with in­stant mes­sag­ing throw­ing stan­dard­ised gram­mar out of the win­dow.

Many ca­sual conversations that we have to­day would have lit­tle mean­ing for some­one from a pre­vi­ous cen­tury who spoke the same lan­guage. Imag­ine ask­ing your great-grand­fa­ther if he has “posted his re­la­tion­ship sta­tus on his wall”! In the fu­ture, there will be so many more ex­am­ples like this as tech­nol­ogy de­vel­ops even fur­ther.

An el­derly woman self­ies and emails while sit­ting in a tra­di­tional rice paddy

The In­ter­net is the vir­tual back­bone of mod­ern cul­ture left

The ASIAN Ge­o­graphic Hot Soup Chal­lenge re­turns for an­other year to put Sin­ga­pore’s kids in the quiz hot seat and chal­lenge their gen­eral knowl­edge about Asia. The school chal­lenge will run in April 2017 un­der the theme of Cli­mate Change. Stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to study up on rel­e­vant is­sues through the Jan­uary edi­tion, which will ad­dress is­sues re­lat­ing to global warm­ing. This year’s chal­lenge will also dove­tail with the Asia Dive Expo, which runs at Sun­tec from 7-9 April. The con­test is bro­ken down into three cat­e­gories: • Ju­nior (age 7–12) • Stu­dents (age 12–18) • Open Cat­e­gory (age 18 and above)

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1. A long his­tory as a dis­tinct, ho­mo­ge­neous eth­nic group, na­tive to the Korean Penin­sula and Manchuria 2. A com­mon na­tion­al­ist his­to­ri­og­ra­phy,

cen­tred on the Korean min­jok 3. A com­mon cul­tural heritage 4. The same lan­guage ori­gins, us­ing

Han­gul as the main writ­ing sys­tem

Both is­land­states use the same han­gul (Chosŏn’gŭl) let­ters for writ­ing.

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