21st March 2017

Analysis of Texting Language

The new language of texting is very often considered lazy and incorrect by most adults. However after looking at this language for some time and learning to understand how it is used, this language becomes very useful and incredibly intelligent. One of the main purposes of this language is to be convenient and to allow us to save time. In this essay I will show exactly how this is true.


Abbreviations are of the main things that appear in texting language and allow for speed and convenience when someone needs to speak in a hurry. One of the many used abbreviations in texting is ‘jk’, which mean just kidding. When people use this they are able to save around 1-2 seconds of time which allows for a quicker conversation and doesn’t waste any time when talking to another person. In my transcript I used this to show that when I made a somewhat disrespectful comment to my cousin they knew I wasn’t serious about it so they just laughed. This kind of communication can really ever only be understood by those who use it, which explains why most adults don’t understand the function of shortening down words and phrases so that they are easier to say and read. By doing this there is also less miscommunication in conversations and means that there is a low likelihood of having breakouts in relationships of all kinds.

Texting language also has this amazing ability to show some of the richness from spoken language as well. When we text, we are able to show emotions and even sound effects. Texting is just writing, and in most writing we do use words i.e. ‘BANG’ to show a loud sound. We also use emoticons to show emotions i.e. happy, sad, angry, annoyed, and any other emotion when we say something. This helps to clear up confusion and other feelings/interpretations. This is also showing that texting is sophisticated enough to show emotion and even sound yet still only being written down.

These 2 reasons here show that while on the surface this language seems lazy and incorrect, after using it and using it correctly it’s almost as rich as spoken language, which is now being edited by texting language. This is why I think that people who don’t understand this language should not be hating on it so much.

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  1. This is going well. You have a clear and authoritative formal register which is well suited to this task.

    I’d encourage you to go beyond the rationale that initialisms make typing faster and also consider what’s actually being added by these text effects. Not only are you communicating that something was intended ironically, but you’re also supplanting a range of non-verbal and sound effects that are typical when people speak. This means that texting has at least some of the richness of spoken communication – something the written language generally lacks (consider what I’m writing right now).

    This would then allow you to explain the importance of the speed of communication because, again, it is echoing the effects of spoken language – interpersonal communication.

    Also, when you’re referring to your transcript – actually quote the lines from it to which you refer. This way the reader doesn’t have to have the transcript to be able to understand your analysis.

    I’m looking forward to watching this develop.



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