Title
Universele chatspeakkenmerken in Vlaamse tienerchattaal : de invloed van gender, leeftijd en medium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Antwerpen :Dialektcentrale ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Taal en tongval : tijdschrift voor dialectologie. - Antwerpen, 1949, currens
Volume/pages
67(2015) :1 , p. 1-41
ISSN
0039-8691
2215-1214
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In the present study, the use of allegedly typical and mostly universal, genre-bound chatspeak features is examined, such as leetspeak, acronyms, abbreviations and other shortening mechanisms. We investigate how common they actually are in a large written chat corpus (more than two million words), produced by Flemish teenagers between 2007 and 2013. Moreover, we investigate whether their frequency correlates with the social variables gender and age and whether it depends on the medium in which the conversation takes place (synchrous Instant Messaging vs. asynchronous CMC). The quantitative analysis reveals no major impact of gender, despite it receiving ample attention in recent CMC research. Age en especially medium, however, are pointed to as two significant determinants. Furthermore, the results call for a distinction between merely creative and playful chatspeak forms on the one hand and highly functional features on the other.
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