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Textese in SMS and WhatsApp

    On December 3, 1992 the British telephone provider Vodafone sent the very first SMS over their GSM network (Steinschaden 2011). SMS language, or textese is a term for the abbreviations and slang commonly used with mobile phone text messaging, but sometimes also used with other internet-based communication such as email and instant messaging, e.g. WhatsApp. In the following SMS language is going to be described by means of its characteristics, such as abbreviations. Recently the instant messenger WhatsApp has become a competitor on the market. Thus, its distinct features will be compared to SMS.

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    Biblographical references

    Bieswanger, Markus. (2007) "2 abbrevi8 or not 2 abbrevi8: A contrastive analysis of different shortening strategies in English and German text messages." Texas Linguistic Forum 50, 1-12.

    Duerscheid, Christa, and Karina Frick. (2014) "Keyboard-to-Screen-Kommunikation gestern und heute: SMS und WhatsApp im Vergleich." Networks 64. 166-177.

    Church, Karen, and Rodrigo de Oliveira.(2013) "What's up with whatsapp?: comparing mobile instant messaging behaviors with traditional SMS." Proceedings of the 15th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services (MobileHCI '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 352-361.

     
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    » The Guardian on the question what texting is doing to the English language
    » SMS alternatives on the rise