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 😉
no
so i’m beautiful <3
no ur ugly

-and-

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

-and-

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