Discourse of Text Messaging: Analysis of SMS Communication (Bloomsbury Discourse)
Understanding the discourse of text messaging hasprofound implications for society. SMS text messaging has impacted considerablyon how we communicate with others. Negative, sometimes alarmist media coveragecontinues to fuel debate surrounding its 'damaging' effects on language and literacy,yet these portrayals tend to be based on extreme or fictionalised accounts oftext messaging. What kind of language do people really use when they text?
Drawing on a range of academic sources from variousfields, this book describes the language used in a corpus of over 11,000 textmessages, as yet the largest collection in the UK. In particular, the book showshow the discourse of text messaging is shaped by users' often creativeresponses to the functions and constraints of the medium.
This is an essential book for upper levelundergraduates and postgraduates studying discourse analysis, as well aseducators wanting to understand this important new form of discourse.
particularly interesting or controversial. There are two related issues here. Firstly, you are likely to find that the people who contribute text messages struggle to believe that you are interested in what they may see as normal, fairly mundane texts and dismiss them as boring or even as unrepresentative of ‘real’ texting practices that they see documented in the press: in Chapter 1, I gave the example of a13-year-old schoolgirl whose school essay resembled code: B4, we used 2 go 2 NY 2C my bro,
raises particular challenges; partly because of the shortness of text messages and partly because the challenges in collecting data will tend to limit how many messages you can reasonably acquire. Representativeness: In this chapter, I used the word ‘representative’ in two respects. I questioned whether a corpus can ever be truly representative of a population (particularly where it pertains to represent intimate practices such as text messaging) and warned against generalizing. However, I
forces. As argued in this book (see Chapter 8), abbreviation in texting is not chiefly motivated by any need to be brief but instead contributes to texting identity through performances of brevity and informality and through acts of divergence or separation from mainstream norms. Abbreviations tend to follow certain formal patterns and can be categorized into the following types (see Figure 3.4). ● Initialisms—Phrases which are shortened to the first letter of each word (or syllable): BBC,
remember is the most frequently occurring word in CorTxt). My next step was to explore whether the frequencies of a and the FREQUENT WORDS AND PHRASES IN TEXT MESSAGING 137 Table 6.7 Function of chunks in CorTxt Function Phrases used Expressing wishes and sentiments hope you had a good (time), did you have a good (time), happy new year to you, happy birthday to you, hope you have a good, have a good (day, week, one, weekend), hope all is well, i love you so much Framing current
result of my ‘noticing’ examples of creativity when reading concordance lines or exchanges, in much the same way as Ronald Carter reports with CANCODE, in his groundbreaking study of spoken creativity. Creativity cannot be identified through automated 168 the Discourse of Text Messaging searching, which relies on reoccurring and predictable surface features, and so, as with CANCODE, examples in CorTxt were found through reading extracts taken from the corpus. I have not therefore quantified