TEXT MESSAGE LINGOES AND DYNAMISM

TEXT MESSAGE LINGOES AND DYNAMISM

Author by Mrs. Gift Okata

Journal/Publisher: Lagos University Press

Volume/Edition: 12

Language: English

Pages: 334 - 342

Abstract

Lingoes are defined as language peculiar to a particular group or region for communication. The diverse and non-conformity mode of text message lingoes which streams from; running together of words, shortenings, non-standard spellings, lack of capitalization, letter/number homophones and abbreviation is a cankerworm which has eaten deep into the educational sector thus grossly impeding on the academic standard of the Nigerian undergraduate students. Using the purposive random sampling technique and analytical method of inquiry, 288 text messages from 320 students of Babcock were retrieved and analysed. Findings showed that lack of uniformity, quest to save time and the close restriction that is predicted by the mini nature of cell phones are the key factors responsible for the super-contraction and clippings which more often than not, defeats the motive of the encoder as the decoder finds it difficult or sometimes impossible to decode the message. The study however suggests among others that curriculum planners should design a regulatory template to serve as a code which should be taught as part of academic curriculum and thus establish standard text message lingoes.


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