Textism use and language ability in children

Sam Waldron, Clare Wood

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Textism use (or textese) refers to the way in which individuals write in shorthand on mobile devices in order to save space or time. Thurlow (2003) devised one of the first coding schemes for textisms, and textism use has since been hotly debated by the media (Crystal, 2008). Plester et al. (2008; 2009) and Wood et al. (2011; 2014) have since investigated the relationship that texting has with children's language abilities, and found no evidence of negative effects. Further research has been conducted into the effects of texting on readers of differing abilities (Coe & Oakhill, 2011) and found that it is better readers who tend to use more textisms. Further research is discussed in relation to children with reading difficulties such as specific language impairments (Durkin et al, 2011) and dyslexia (Veater et al, 2011).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior
EditorsZ. Yan
Place of PublicationHershey, PA.
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Print)9781466682405, 9781466682399
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

This chapter appears in the Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior edited/authored by Z. Yan. Copyright 2015, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.


  • textism
  • text messaging
  • literacy


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