IRREGULAR SPELLINGS ADD
MEANING TO TEXT MESSAGES
Research has found that “textisms” — emoticons, irregular spellings and exclamation points — help convey meaning and intent in the absence of spoken conversation. “Textisms” is not a sign that written language is going down the tubes.
“In contrast with face-to-face conversation, texters can’t rely on extra-linguistic cues such as tone of voice and pauses, or non-linguistic cues such as facial expressions and hand gestures,” said Celia Klin, professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York. It has been suggested that one way to add meaning to the words in text messages is by using “textisms”— emoticons, irregular spellings (sooooo) and irregular use of punctuation (!!!).
A 2016 study led by Klin found that text messages that end with a period are seen as less sincere than those that do not end with a period. “The findings indicate that our understanding of written language varies across contexts. We read text messages in a slightly different way than we read a novel or an essay. Further, all the elements of our texts — the punctuation we choose, the way that words are spelled, a smiley face — can change the meaning,” Klin said.