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Title:Comparing the interpretation of text message punctuation by native and non-native English speakers
Author(s):Shaw, Rebecca
Advisor(s):Sadler, Randall
Contributor(s):Yan, Xun
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.A.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):texting
ESL
text messaging
punctuation
linguistics
Abstract:The growing popularity of text messaging as a method for communicating in personal and professional settings raises questions about the ways different language groups perceive and produce various features of text messages. This project employs a mixed-methods design to investigate the ways native English speakers and L2 English learners perceive punctuation in text messages. The data set includes responses from a survey, which led participants to rate and describe a series of text messages, and from follow-up interviews, which allowed participants to explain their survey responses further. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the data indicate that, broadly speaking, native speakers and L2 learners vary in their perception of punctuation in text messages, and this variation can lead to miscommunication between texters of the two groups. These findings have valuable implications, in terms of pragmatics and second language pedagogy.
Issue Date:2019-04-26
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/104889
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Rebecca Shaw Sullivan
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23
Date Deposited:2019-05


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