Dr Caroline Tagg - Predictor Podcast (Ep49) - The language of text messaging and social networks

Jun 03, 2013, 09:02 AM

If, like me, you're surgically attached to your phone and computer and largely communicate with friends and family through text messages and social media, then this podcast is for you! Andy speaks with Dr Caroline Tagg, lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Centre for English Language Studies at the University of Birmingham, about her research into the way we use language in text messages and on social media sites, such as Facebook. If you thought text messaging was simply about conveying your point quickly with a line of baffling acronyms, you'd be wrong. To the contrary, Caroline has discovered that people can actually be quite creative with their texts, often making them longer and more elaborate rather than shortening them. Caroline also covers how we use emoticons to moderate and temper the content of our messages, answers the age-old question of whether 'text speak' is diluting the English language and is potentially damaging to children growing up in an age of mobile phones and social networks, and also explains how we use linguistic strategies to communicate with our audience of friends and acquintances on Facebook. Caroline's book - 'Discourse of Text Messaging' - will be published on May 24th by Continuum.

Download a transcript of this podcast here: http://bit.ly/1lBT5qC