The media often point an accusatory finger at new technologies; they suggest that there is always a loss of information or quality, or even that computer-mediated communication is destroying language. Most linguists, on the contrary, are firmly convinced that it is better to consider language as an evolving and changing entity. From this point of view, language is a social tool that has to be studied in-depth through the prism of objectivity, as a process in motion which is influenced by new social and technological stakes, rather than as a fading organism. In this volume we study and describe the societal phenomenon of SMS writing in its full complexity. The aim of this volume is threefold: to present recent linguistic research in the field of SMS communication; to inform the reader about existing large SMS corpora and processing tools and, finally, to display the many linguistic aspects that can be studied via a corpus of text messages.
These articles were previously published in Lingvisticae Investigationes Vol. 35:2 (2012).
1. Foreword (by Crystal, David); 2. Introduction (by Cougnon, Louise-Amelie); 3. Articles; 4. Seek&Hide: Anonymising a French SMS corpus using natural language processing techniques (by Accorsi, Pierre); 5. SMS experience and textisms in young adolescents: Presentation of a longitudinally collected corpus (by Bernicot, Josie); 6. Automatic or Controlled Writing?: The Effect of a Dual Task on SMS Writing in Novice and Expert Adolescents (by Combes, Celine); 7. Development of SMS language from 2000 to 2010: A comparison of two corpora (by Kirsten-Torrado, Ursula); 8. Texto4Science: A Quebec French database of annotated text messages (by Langlais, Philippe); 9. SMS communication as plurilingual communication: Hybrid language use as a challenge for classical code-switching categories (by Morel, Etienne); 10. French text messages: From SMS data collection to preliminary analysis (by Panckhurst, Rachel); 11. A sociolinguistic analysis of transnational SMS practices: Non-elite multilingualism, grassroots literacy and social agency among migrant populations in Barcelona (by Sabate Dalmau, Maria); 12. Negation marking in French text messages (by Stark, Elisabeth); 13. "i didn't spel that wrong did i. Oops": Analysis and normalisation of SMS spelling variation (by Tagg, Caroline); 14. Lol, mdr and ptdr: An inclusive and gradual approach to discourse markers (by Uygur-Distexhe, Deniz); 15. Index