Language of SMS

SMS-Communication in Every Situation of Life

Phatic and Informational Communication'

  • dating
  • excuses
  • love messages
  • exchange of information
  • to confirm appointments
  • private communication
  • job-related communication
  • contracts, money

Language-Economy of SMS is influenced by:

  • limited numer of signs (160/SMS)
  • complicated way of typing in the right signs
  • situation in which the SMS is sent or received
  • privacy and distance of the communication participants
    • regularity - irregularity

=> The objective of a text message is to use the fewest number of characters needed to put across a comprehensible message: punctuation and grammar are largely ignored and a lot of abbreviations are used

How about this?

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there's much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it's all good news. (source: description of Youtube Video)

You can find the video here