English Abbreviation and Acronym Usage Amongst Swedish Adolescents A Netspeak Inquiry
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
In today’s media society the Internet and the language that faces us therein is constant. Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.), Weblogs (blogs), Online Network games and the increasing amount of Internet use feed us with the new language features , and with a generation that is “Born to be wired,” a new language evolves.
The aim of this paper is to find out what kind of English abbreviations and acronyms, springing from Netspeak, do Swedish adolescents from 12-15 years of age use. Which of them do they use in written language and which in spoken? And do they know what the abbreviations they use denote?
The inquiry is based on a questionnaire survey given to pupils in junior high school and then studied through diverse perspectives.
The results indicate that the Swedish adolescents to whom this survey was given claim to use Netspeak. The most common words they use are LOL (Laughing out Loud), OMG (Oh my God) and BTW (By the way). However, not all of them use them in spoken language and not all of them know what the abbreviations and acronyms they use mean.
According to the survey a lot of the pupils read blogs, use Skype and other social medias, which can be a trigger for their massive use of English abbreviations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 23 p.
Netspeak, Adolescents, Acronyms, abbreviations, spoken & written language, Social Media.
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-60526DiVA: diva2:435572