Texting Controlled Assessment

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Hundreds of grammatically incorrect text messages are sent every day. In this essay I will research and explore the creative techniques we use every day, when communicating via short messaging services, and how they are eradicating the English Language as we know it. I will also be analysing these techniques to discover when and why we use them. Today, we can assume around 4.1 million texts will be sent meaning few people can honestly admit that during their lives they have never sent a text. This agonisingly large number has developed since 1992, when the first text message was sent. I can conclude that this message would have been written in a formal format, as the creative techniques used so often today were yet to be discovered. During 1995, SMS was launched commercially in the United Kingdom. On Valentine’s Day 2003, 78 million texts were sent, this was a 37% increase in the text figures for 2002 and 6 times the number of traditional cards sent that same year. This is proof that that texting was beginning to overpower the conventional world, as it is such a phenomenal rate of change. When messaging someone, we use many different procedures to approach the creativity within the techniques used. One of the main features of this multi-modal dialect is vowel omission. This is when the sender leaves out the vowel sounds, for example “pls” or “hv”. My data subject said “Cn brng mny” in an attempt to tell me she “can bring the money”. A study of this senders texts shows an idiolect developing as she uses vowel omission a lot when texting. However, with this girl being a teenager, she only seems to use this technique when contacting close friends of a similar age group, suggesting she understands that people who are not used to receiving these vivid techniques may not be able to figure out what they are meant to say. I am predicting she uses vowel omission purely for brevity as it would not affect the cost of the message. On the other hand, with predictive text now...