Linguistic Dimensions of Initialisms used in Electronic Communication

Atef Odeh AbuSa’aleek


The language of electronic communication is a new variety of language. Electronic communication leads to remarkable variations in written form of English language because it has its own lexicons, grammar, graphology, and usage conditions. Hence, the Internet users use acronyms, abbreviations and Emoticons, which express and covey their thoughts and ideas. The use of the Internet and computer technology have led to the development of an English language Acronyms that emerged in instant messages, emails, social networks, chat groups. The present study aims to explore and investigates the language of electronic communication (e-mail, chats, and web-based discussions and SMS messages). It also aims to identify the linguistic features (Initialisms) that used in written English in the communication done via the electronic devices. Hence, Initialisms considered part of online discourse. This study also focuses on how the language of the Internet has unique linguistic dimension and its implication on the learning of English.


Electronic communication; Initialisms

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