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ERIC Number: EJ1040998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Do I Know Its Wrong: Children's and Adults' Use of Unconventional Grammar in Text Messaging
Kemp, Nenagh; Wood, Clare; Waldron, Sam
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v27 n9 p1585-1602 Oct 2014
There is concern that the violations of conventional grammar (both accidental and deliberate) often seen in text messages (e.g., "hi [smiley face emoticon] how is ya?!!") could lead to difficulty in learning or remembering formal grammatical conventions. We examined whether the grammatical violations made by 244 British children, adolescents and young adults in their text messages was related to poorer performance on tasks of grammatical knowledge, including translating grammatically unconventional text messages into standard English. We found that variance in the production of grammatical violations in naturalistic messages was inconsistently predicted by grammatical task performance. Specifically, primary school children who made poorer grammar-based spelling choices were more likely to make more grammatical violations in their everyday messages, and university students who failed to correct more grammatical errors in a given set of messages were also more likely to make such errors in their own messages. There were no significant relationships for secondary school students. We conclude that using unconventional grammar when texting is not a consistent sign of poor grammatical abilities, although there may be links between some aspects of grammatical skill and grammatical violations in text messages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)