Computer-mediated Communication

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Vivian Cook

are closer to spoken than written language in many respects
are closer to involved production than informational production on Biber's scale of involved versus informational production
use some punctuation marks as emoticons :-/, others to separate elements and show quotation >
Chat-room messages:
have many similar characteristics to e-mails
use letter-name and number names for syllables and function words: B4, GR8
use abbreviations: LOL, PLS
have some grammatical innovations: laughslaughs, nodsnodsnods
have interweaving conversations
Text messages:
use letter-name and number-name syllabic spelling: 4got10, c u 2moro
use many abbreviations: brsl, asap
exploit traditional novel spellings: nite, nu



Text messages