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Graphemic representation of text-messaging: alphabet-choice and code-switches in Greek SMS

Spilioti, Tereza 2009. Graphemic representation of text-messaging: alphabet-choice and code-switches in Greek SMS. Pragmatics 19 (3) , pp. 393-412.

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The aim of this study is to investigate the choice of alphabetical encoding in Greek text-messaging (or Short Message Service, SMS). The analysis will be based on a corpus of 447 text-messages exchanged among participants who belong to the age group of youth (15-25 years old) and live in Athens (Greece). The data analysis will show that the standard practice of writing with Greek characters represents the norm in Greek SMS. The script norm will be discussed in relation to the mediums technological affordances and the participants stance towards new media. The analysis will then focus on non-standard graphemic choices, such as the use of both, Greek and Roman, alphabets in the encoding of single messages. It will be demonstrated that such marked choices are employed as a means of indexing the participants affiliation with global popular cultures and enhancing expressivity in a medium of reduced paralinguistic cues.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Publisher: International Pragmatics Association
ISSN: 1018-2101
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:04

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