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sms4science: An International Corpus-Based Texting Project and the Specific Challenges for Multilingual Switzerland

Christa Dürscheid and Elisabeth Stark

in Digital Discourse

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795437
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919321 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795437.003.0014

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

sms4science: An International Corpus-Based Texting Project and the Specific Challenges for Multilingual Switzerland

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This chapter presents a corpus-linguistic project based on a large-scale collection of Swiss text messages (SMS) and reveals some preliminary findings of this study. Although this is not the first corpus-based SMS project, it is still remarkable since most databases are very small and the insight therefore not statistically significant. SMS4science.ch is a sub-project of the international project SMS4science (coordinated in Belgium), which brings together researchers from various countries to conduct research on text messaging. After giving a brief overview over different types of existing corpora, the chapter introduces the Swiss SMS corpus and some projected research work based on it (particularly on code-switching, structural features, and pragmatic issues in text messages). Finally, the future of text messaging and text messaging research is briefly discussed.

Keywords: text messaging; sms; corpus linguistics; multilingualism; Switzerland; language tagging; writing strategies

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Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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