Language, Gender, and Conversation

Please answer the 4 questions below in a detailed manner.
1. The English language evolves. Some scholars think we are in the middle of a new evolution, where text and instant messaging lingo and spelling will be widely accepted and the rules we learned in school will be passe’. What do you think? Explain your response in a paragraph or two.
2. Have you observed these rituals in children and/or adults? What about your own communication? Explain your answer. In your summary be sure to address the following questions: What conversational signals, devices and rituals does Tannen address? What are the influences on conversational style (include the big five)?
4. Explain the difference between rapport and report talk?