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James Browning. Electronic Text Communication

 

Conclusions

 

To summarise the distinctive features of text communication, I believe that the language used is dependant on the recipient and the relationship you have with them. If they are a colleague from an older generation, it is more likely the lingo used would be slightly more formal. For instance, most words would be spelt correctly rather than with text speak. If I sent a message to the colleague it may be:

How are you doing today? What time do you want me tomorrow? 

If sending it to a friend, it may read:

Hw r u doin 2dy? Time u wnt me 2moro? 

My omission of words, vowels and the occasional consonant fits the new situation and relationship.

It’s not only text messages that depend on the recipient. Emails are integral in formal communication. Similarly to text messages, informal emails will omit letters, punctuation and grammar. However, paragraphing and punctuation would be a necessity in a formal email for a job application etc. An example:

 

Dear Sir, 

I am writing to you regarding the application... 

I hope you will consider my application...

The clear use of standard letter writing comes over on electronic form. However, an informal message, would contain hardly any punctuation whatsoever:

 

Alright mate coming out 2nite?gonna be a blast.hope ur comin know who else is?

The other main reason for text’s distinctive features is the economic value. The limit of characters for your money is a reason for the omission of words, vowels and even all speech. Emoticons say so much with few characters. Emoticons not only save space, they bring the text onto a more informal level. As you cannot see the person, showing that you are happy or sad regarding a certain comment or situation is easily done. Also, the fact you cannot see the recipient brings out a certain confidence. People say things they wouldn’t normally in a face-to-face scenario. Sexting, so called as it combines sexual messages and texts is a new craze. The messages sent are explicit and suggestive, but the sender feels ok to do so because they are less embarrassed due to not being able to see the recipient. 

Another reason for the distinctive features used is that the informality of speech is carried over into written form. Writing words as they are pronounced, keeps the illusion that the person is actually speaking to you:

I’ve gotta go luv.

I’m outta time.

These eye-dialect forms like “luv”, sit alongside nonce formations like “outta” (out of). This further enhances the written-as-it-is-spoken mentality. 

These characteristics are slowly imprinting on every day life. Billboards and television adverts are using this text message language to sell items. Abbreviations such as BOGOF - Buy One Get One Free, are common features in supermarkets and chain stores.

One day text language may overtake the English language due to media’s ability to broadcast all over the earth. The speed in which fads spread is impressive and neologisms get dictionary recognition very quickly. Take bounce-back-ability. Within weeks of being used by then Crystal Palace manager, Iain Dowie, the “word” was in the dictionary. This is an example of abnormal hyphenation, another craze within electronic communication. Watch this space. 


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ELECTRONIC TEXT COMUNICATION

  The Need to Economise

  SMS Shorthand

  Emoticons Rule

  Abbreviation Craze

  Laziness of Informality

  Conclusions

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  The Language of the Internet

  English Reasserts Its Status

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