International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Language Use in Social Media and Natural Language
Omoregbe, Esohe Mercy; Idada, Osasogie Christa

This research is a comparative analysis of language used in social media and natural language. Due to the increase in technological innovations over the years,the different social media platforms have adopted different language styles as a means of communication. The trend of this language style has led to different varieties of language such as acronyms, abbreviations, symbols, etc. which tend to differ from the natural discourse. This research set out to compare the pattern of communication in social media and natural language, as well as show how abbreviations, Acronyms and symbols are used in social media discourse to replace sentential constructions in natural language discourse. The differences that exist between these two language styles was alsodiscussed. The relevance of this research is to examine its linguistic characteristics and its implication to the field of linguistics as well as the cause of the variation of language among internet users which now pose a threat to natural language. The research concludes that communication on social media has shaped our face to face interaction and modes of communication are linguistically different from the other.

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