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Undergraduates' use of text messaging language: Effects of country and collection method


Grace, A and Kemp, N and Martin, FH and Parrila, R, Undergraduates' use of text messaging language: Effects of country and collection method, Writing Systems Research, 4, (2) pp. 167-184. ISSN 1758-6801 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/17586801.2012.712875


Studies of mobile phone text messaging have reported widely varying proportions of textisms (e.g., u for you, 2 for to). We investigated whether conclusions about textism use are influenced by participant country, text message collection method, and categorisation method. Questionnaire data were collected from 241 undergraduate students in Australia and Canada, who also provided text messages via three methods used in previous research: translation from conventional English, writing a message in response to a scenario, and providing naturalistic messages. Significantly higher proportions of textisms were observed in messages written by Australians than Canadians, and in messages collected experimentally than naturalistically. A re-categorisation of textism forms as "contractive" versus "expressive" was explored and overall implications for text-message collection are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:textisms, text-messaging, mobile phones, spelling, adults
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Psycholinguistics (incl. speech production and comprehension)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Grace, A (Dr Abbie Grace)
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
ID Code:82719
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-02-14
Last Modified:2017-12-18
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