Linguistic Features of Netspeak: Abbreviations, Acronyms and Punctuation Marks

  • Asst. Prof. Kamal Gatta Nasir
Keywords: language of the internet speech vs writing, netspeak, chatgroups, abbreviations, acronyms, punctuation marks


The study in this paper  is a quantitative descriptive linguistic study of an informal online  English in netspeak. This study concentrates on one situation of netspeak which is "chatgroups" in  their both synchronous and asynchronous situations. It focuses on three linguistic features which are (abbreviations, acronyms and punctuation marks). Abbreviations and acronyms are dealt with morphologically as word-formation processes and semantically as vocabularies by giving their meanings, whereas punctuation marks are dealt with syntactically as appropriate to sentence order.