In its history the English language has evolved every day in its
lifetime. The greatest change in recent times owes to the electronic
revolution. Text messages and emails now dominate communication,
perhaps even more than the spoken form. I am investigating the
distinctive features of this language. These will include, Camelcase,
omitting vowels, abbreviating, the use of numbers and how these
affect grammar and structure.
Electronic communication particularly serves one purpose; to
communicate as quickly, economically and as effectively as possible.
Text messages have a maximum character allowance of 160. This
therefore puts an impetus on reducing the number of characters used
to say a single word. Evidence of this occurs in all text messaging
including the phrase “text message”. This phrase has now been
shortened in many areas to “txt msg”. This has reduced the
phrase from twelve characters (including the space), to seven. Such
examples are far more economical to the texter.
The economical ideal of text communication continues with the
introduction of a phenomenon known as Camelcase. Camelcase is
the merging of entire passages of text, separating words only by
capital letters. CamelCase is defined by Wikipedia as: “the
practice of writing compound words with the first letter of each
word written in majuscule”.
An example of this is:
This integration of nine words into one is still easy to follow even
without spaces between words and reduces the character count to 33
from 41, a significant cutback, which leaves the potential within
that message to say much more.