Robert Skinner
English 101

Textspeak: A Challenging New Language

    I believe that Textspeak began to evolve as a sort of a pseudo language in the 1990s, when the internet chat rooms began to grow in popularity.   Later in 2002, with the introduction of text messaging, Textspeak was redefined in order to meet the constraints of most text messaging systems (241, 244.4).   As Textspeak becomes more widely accepted and used, the ambiguity of it will continue to frustrate both the senders and recipients of these messages.

    The burden of clear communication rests solely on the shoulders of the sender of a text message.   The sender is responsible for the message’s context such as tone, urgency, and the receivers ease of understanding the text message.

    While using Textspeak, the sender of a message does not have the advantage of personal traits that a face-to-face conversation would posses, such as, voice tone and body language.   It is quite possible that an absence of these traits have ended many relationships, because a message was taken out of context by the recipient of a poorly written message.   A message written in excitement may be done in all capital letters.   However, all capital letters can also express anger.

      In his essay Virtually Speaking, David crystal states, “No texter is entirely consistent, and no two texters use identical conventions”(245.11).   Because of this, when using Textspeak, a text message sender needs to take care that the text message he is sending is written in a way, that the text message receiver is able to understand.   While composing the text message, the sender needs to be aware of this, so that there is no time wasted writing duplicate text messages in a more clear and understandable language.

    While multitasking, a texter may face at least a couple of problems, which might occur.   First being, if he is exchanging text messages with multiple people at the same time, the text...