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SMS Language

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Christelle Maris

on 4 March 2014

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Transcript of SMS Language

Introduction to SMS Language
SMS = short message service

Texting or text messaging = writing and sending a brief/short message to (an)other mobile phone(s)

SMS language: written language used with texting (abbreviations and slang)
II - Structure of the language
SMS Language

short length

non-standard orthographic forms
- shortenings, contractions, clippings:
"sat", "def" ; "tmrw", "wkend" ; "turnin", "hav".
- acronyms, initialisms: "DI" ; "ASAP"
- homophones (numbers/letters): B, U, R, 2, 4, gr8
- misspellings, typos, unconventional spellings: "nite"
- accent stylisation: "da/de", "dat", "wassup".

"non-verbal" communication: !! ?? :-) :-O

More examples
Can you guess the non-standard forms that have been used?

- Radnedge, A. (2011) http://metro.co.uk/2011/08/16/stripped-down-text-speak-is-over-120-years-old-research-reveals-116349/ [accessed 22/02/2014]
- DAOL (Discourse Analysis Online), Sheffield University, http://extra.shu.ac.uk/daol/articles/v1/n1/a3/table1.pdf [accessed 24/02/2014] and http://extra.shu.ac.uk/daol/articles/v1/n1/a3/thurlow2002003.html
- Cambridge dictionary
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_language
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Service
- http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2228961/text-messaging-passes-its-peak-as-it-celebrates-20th-birthday
SMS language evolved with the technology progress

Its main characteristics are: abbreviations, reductions, accronyms and symbols

Is a good way to save space,time and money

Daily used by everyone (but mostly youngsters)
telegrams, 1890:

- Min pen

- How r u ts mng?
- I’m pty wl, hw r u?

- I’m nt flg vy wl, fraid I’ve gt t mlaria

(Radnedge, 2011)
I - History of SMS Language
1st text message: 3rd december1992
limit of 160 characters /message
Spread with the mobile phones and commercial sms

...to Nowadays:
Main characteristics: Use of abbreviations, acronyms , symbols and numbers (lol, btw...)
Aim: saving space,money and time
- R U goin 2 Uni tmrw?

- wassup hun! watcha wanna do tonite?
- wiv'ya? nethin
('next' to hear the answers)
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