Most Common Assumptions of Texting

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The recent phenomenon of ‘texting’ only began in 1992, however children starting texting in the early 2000’s. So why is it thought that children are doing the majority of the texting? The most common assumption is that is that teenagers are filling their text messages with abbreviations and misspelling all of their words, however David Crystal a professor of linguistics has done many different studies which show that 80% of the people who are texting are adults and only 10% of the words are abbreviated, but is this true? Within my essay I am going to explore my own data and their inclusion of brevity and spoken language features. To gain an accurate conclusion I have collected 3 sets of data with various different contexts, my first set of data is between me (A) and a boy/peer who is my age (B). My second data is between me (A) and my mum (C) and my third piece of data is between my mum (C) and her peer (D). My hypothesis is that data 1 will contain a larger use of brevity and spoken language features than data 2 and data 3. Data 1 includes little brevity techniques, and they weren’t repeated throughout the messages. However there was 1 example of variant spelling, clipping and ellipsis. The variant spelling ‘wna’ was used by A, although this does cause brevity within the message, I think that it may be an idiolect of A. Whereas clipping was used by B, he said ‘jus’ rather than ‘just’ although this may be an accidental mistake I believe that this is a deliberate abbreviation as the word after was also abbreviated and changed, this may be because B was trying to create a short, sharp message to get across the feeling of anger or annoyance. There are various different aspects of spoken language within the ‘textvosations’. Texter A, has used ‘yeah’ and the beginning of each of her messages, this could be implying an agreement with the fore message or perhaps a sign of sarcasm, this is a sign of spoken language. There is the paralinguistic feature of turn taking,...
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