But a year-long study on a group of eight to ten-year-olds by city-based psychologist Dr Clare Wood found "sophisticated literacy skills" were needed to use textism
What Rabbie did was accent stylisation - a type of textism
We were surprised to learn that not only was the association strong but that textism
use was actually driving the development of phonological awareness and reading skill in children.
The research found evidence of a "significant contribution of textism
use to the children's spelling development during the study".
- a word or abbreviation typically used in a text message
The participants took 14 seconds to read the normal English message, but 27 seconds to comprehend the textism
message, and in many cases made mistakes, reports ABC Online.
The relationship between textisms
and formal and informal writing among young adults.
It is no wonder that many students today choose to use the shorter or more phonetic American words, or use textisms
such as 'LOL' and 'BFF', which are generally shorter, more efficient and more easily understood by their peers; regardless of their reading ability.
Persephone's voice is authentic, and her diary entries are littered with writerly devices such as capitalisations, textisms
, strings of synonyms and nods to the reader.
This was surprising because there are many unusual spellings or textisms
such as LOL in text messaging language.
Other researchers found young adults who used more language-based textisms
- shortcuts such as lol (laugh out loud) and 2nite (tonight) - in daily writing produced worse formal writing than those who used fewer shortcuts in daily writing.
Children's use of textisms
is not only positively associated with word reading ability, but may be contributing to reading development.