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date: 26 May 2020

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This chapter analyzes the impact of text messaging on social and linguistic phenomena and its sonic dimensions. It describes how text messaging introduced abbreviation and miniaturization to the emotional self-conception of users, who view themselves as possessing teleporting rather than physical selves. Users combine icons, onomatopoeia, and nonstandard grammar to communicate and develop their own screen presences. All of this activity impacts writing and communication on a large scale and causes it to evolve in a major way, as distribution of texting grammar and emoticons is profound and wide-ranging. This chapter offers a semiotic study of how the transformation of self-regard and the conflation of talking and writing have influenced identity and the human condition.

Keywords: text messaging, sonic dimensions, emotional self, miniaturization, emoticons, cellular phones

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