Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Tej Bhatia, Professor
Rania Habib, Assistant Professor
Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
The advent of the Internet has led to the creation of new technology, and with it, a whole new language. There has also been resistance both to the technology and to the language. The best example of this would be social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and texting. Many articles have been written on this subject and how its use is ruining the English language, saying that teenagers are more likely to use chatspeak, such as u for you and r for are, in their writing. I take the opposite position, that the English language is evolving and chatspeak is simply one consequence. This study examines the language change of teenagers using the social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr. I analyzed the tweets and Tumblr posts of 48 high school and college students in 2012 and 2013 and found that chatspeak occurred less than 3% of the time, and its usage decreased as the students got older.
Charters, Megan Jeanette, "An Examination of High School and College Students' Chatspeak Use in Twitter and Tumblr" (2014). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 814.
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