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Processes and variations in language economisation
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English. (Kultur, identitet och gestaltning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0128-3770
2015 (English)In: Ampersand, ISSN 2215-0390, Vol. 2, 72-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article analyses the processes of reducing language in textchats produced by non-native speakers of English. We propose that forms are reduced because of their high frequency and because of the discourse context. A wide variety of processes are attested in the literature, and we find different forms of clippings in our data, including mixtures of different clippings, homophone respellings, phonetic respellings including informal oral forms, initialisms (but no acronyms), and mixtures of clipping together with homophone and phonetic respellings. Clippings were the most frequent process (especially back-clippings and initialisms), followed by homophone respellings. There were different ways of metalinguistically marking reduction, but capitalisation was by far the most frequent. There is much individual variation in the frequencies of the different processes, although most were within normal distribution. The fact that nonnative speakers seem to generally follow reduction patterns of native speakers suggests that reduction is a universal process.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 2, 72-82 p.
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Textchat; Reduction; Frequency; Non-native speakers; Individual variation
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Intercultural Studies, Ett förenklat språk på Internätet?
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-17688DOI: 10.1016/j.amper.2015.06.001OAI: diva2:816299
Available from: 2015-06-03 Created: 2015-06-03 Last updated: 2016-05-31Bibliographically approved

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