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Linguistic features in text messaging.

A comparison of synchronous versus asynchronous forms of communication.

    This paper will start with the historical background of the linguistics of text messaging, that shaped the linguistic features coming up in texting over the course of time. It will also deal with the issue of finding the right terminology in texting, and which term might be the most appropriate to use. The major focus of the paper will be the comparison of quasi-synchronous versus asynchronous forms of communication in texting, in particular comparing texting by means of old cell phones with WhatsApp or Smartphone texting. It will outline the differences as well as the similarities, by making use of different examples.

    Biblographical references

    Bieswanger, Markus (2007) "2 abbrevi8 or not 2 abbrevi8. A contrastive analysis of different space and time-saving strategies in English and German text messages". In: Floyd, Simeon et al. (eds.) (2007): Texas Linguistic Forum 50. Austin, Texas Linguistic Forum: 1–12.

     
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