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Use of predictive text in text messaging over the course of a year and its relationship with spelling, orthographic processing and grammar

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Waldron, S and Wood, C and Kemp, N, Use of predictive text in text messaging over the course of a year and its relationship with spelling, orthographic processing and grammar, Journal of Research in reading, 40, (4) pp. 384-402. ISSN 0141-0423 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 UKLA

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-9817.12073

Abstract

An investigation into the impact of predictive text use upon the literacy skills of primary school, secondary school and university cohorts was conducted over the course of a year. No differences in use of text abbreviations (‘textisms’) were found between predictive text users and nonusers. However, secondary school children who used predictive text made more genuine spelling errors than nonusers. Predictive text was related to use of some specific grammatical violations in school-age children’s text messages but was not related overall to the tendency to make grammatical errors when texting. University students, however, made significantly fewer grammatical errors in their text messages when they used predictive text. Over the course of a year, predictive text use was variable for all age groups. Consistency of predictive text use was unrelated to grammatical understanding, spelling or orthographic processing for primary and secondary school cohorts. Predictive text use was negatively related to morphological awareness for adult participants.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Text messaging, textese, children, adults, mobile phones
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Educational Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Kemp, N (Dr Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:113071
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2016-12-09
Last Modified:2017-10-13
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