Perhaps the main reason for all the contrast between this written
form of communication and traditional written language of newspapers
and letters is that due to electronic communications personal
level, they are informal. So informal that it replicates spoken
language. This is characterised by its slang words, its nonce
formations and the spellings. In slang cuppa is said
instead of cup of, in text-messaging spellings similar to
this - the merging of two words, regularly appear:
Outta - out of
Gotta - got to
Other features of slang speech arise in pronunciation. Some people
(commoners) pronounce that with a d, so it ends up
as dat. This baffles me on text messages I receive. This
happens with other th words, such as this and then.
Similarly, f sounds replace ph and th
sounds due to the sheer laziness of pronunciation. A regular scene
in a text message is an I fink.
Sitting alongside slack spelling is the lack of punctuation and
grammar. Admittedly, paragraphs are impossible on text messages.
But, punctuation is often ignored, full stops often missing out.
He knows who he is x
At first glance, one who doesnt know that an x represents a kiss,
would be trying desperately to work out the meaning, perhaps trying
to work out who x is.
The comma often gets disregarded:
Well I love this guy more xx
Also overlooked is the apostrophe:
Who wouldve thought it?
Often northern thes creep in:
Thats tway I see it.
Sometimes questions dont get the question mark: y.
Capitalisation has bitten the dust. Proper nouns, such as names and
the first person pronoun I, are habitually spurted in lower
bob and i
i love u baby, i miss you
Other types of punctuation have gained popularity. Abnormal
hyphenation is something I regularly adhere to:
Tone originally hard to express in written communication, is easier
in electronic communication. Sarcasm, a regular feature of British
speech is shown with a bracketed exclamation mark:
You are a joke (!)
Exclamation is often shown by an exaggerated use of punctuation:
I love you!!!!!!
The use of several exclamation marks hammers home the point. The use
of emotive punctuation sequences follows in question marks and often
a combination of both question and exclamation marks.
Suspense is generated the traditional way with the use of 3 full
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