Instant Messaging (IM) is becoming a mainstay for online one-to-one communication. Although IM is popularly described as a written version of informal speech, little empirical investigation of the linguistic nature of IM exists. Moreover, although gender issues are being addressed for one-to-many forms of computer-mediated communication, we have no… (More)
Both users of CMC and the popular press commonly assume that online platforms such as email and instant messaging (IM) mirror informal spoken language. The present study investigates the validity of this assumption by examining discourse structures in IM conversations between American college students. Linguistic features of spoken and written language were… (More)
Since the appearance of the telegraph and the telephone, interlocutors have had options about how to communicate with one another at a distance. Typically, there is a settling-in period for new language technologies, as people gradually work out what medium is most appropriate to use with which interlocutor, and how messages should be formulated (Baron… (More)
The writing style commonly used in IMing, texting, and other forms of computer-mediated communication need not spell the end of normative language.
Note: A revised version of this paper appears in Jean Aitchison and Diana Lewis, eds., New Media Language. London: Routledge, pp. 102-113. " If you have good language skills, you will be respected and admired; whereas if you clearly have no clue about grammar or vocabulary, you could become president of the United States. The choice is yours! " Dave Barry… (More)
Mobile telephony in the United States is gaining ground against high adoption rates in other parts of the world as a medium for both talking and sending text messages. While there is research on the use of written forms of computer-mediated communication in the US using full keyboards (e.g., chat, email, instant messaging), we know relatively little about… (More)