What does txting do 2 language? The influences of exposure to messaging and print media on acceptability constraints
There is much debate about the influences of text and instant messaging on language skills and abilities. On the other hand, it is widely accepted that exposure to traditional print media is beneficial to one's knowledge of language. This research investigated the influences of messaging and print media on acceptability judgments to determine whether there are differences in what people find grammatical based on their messaging and print media exposure. Acceptability judgments and media exposure measures (such as the number of text messages received per month and the number of books read in the past year) were collected from 33 university students. Acceptability judgments were collected for both existing Standard English word forms and other novel or deviant forms. Generally speaking, participants with higher levels of print media exposure accepted more test items and participants with higher levels of text messaging exposure accepted fewer items.
0558: Multimedia Communications