Friday Fun Facts: Text Linguistics

Did ya know…?

Text linguistics is a branch of linguistics that deals with texts as communication systems. Its original aims lay in uncovering and describing text grammars – which came first lol or bmgwl? The application of text linguistics has, however, evolved from this approach to a point in which text is viewed in much broader terms that go beyond a mere extension of traditional grammar towards an deciphering entire text conversations like:

do u think i’m cute?
no 😉
m i pretty 😉
so i’m beautiful ❤
no ur ugly


how is ruth?
not sure. dumped her.
ur so ruthless.


i’m into nazi clown porn.
no. i’m not. yr mom got my phone.
Nazi Clowns Über Alles!
she did it again.
Bozo be bumpin’.
how do i lock this thing?

Text linguistics takes into account the grammar of a text, the sender of a text, as well as its recipient(s). In general it is an application of discourse analysis at every level of text: letter, symbol, word, sentence.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Text Linguistics

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