Language Change in Texting: Situation Analysis of Graduate Students

Sehrish Javed


Text language is increasing and gaining popularity day by day, with this the linguistics and teachers concern is also increasing. Educationists think that this new trend is a serious threat to English. Traditionally many works have been done, but most of them enlighten the negative impacts of texting. This research study exposed the positive side of texting language, and will discuss about texting from an optimistic point of view. The objectives of the study are the identification of the language usage of the students in daily life and investigation of the effect of text language on traditional language. It was quantitative study. The population of the study was graduate students. Self-developed questionnaire was used to collect the data through personal visits of the researcher. Data were analyzed by calculating percentages of each statement. The findings of the study unveiled that although texting language is gaining popularity in today’s time, but still there is a distinguishing line between formal English and text language. Text language has its own medium of use, while formal language has its own. Through the finding of the study it may be recommended that the use of texting should be utilized positively in language learning classrooms. Texting is reading and writing, hence it may be encouraged for language improvement. Texting improves spelling skills, so it might be used for spelling learning tasks.

Keywords: Change, texting, language, students

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