This book is useful for the study of the sociolinguistics of German, English-German bilingualism, general linguistics, and the methods of linguistic fieldwork.
Chapter 16: BAG XII: German Netspeak/Textspeak
| 329 →
BAG XII: German Netspeak/Textspeak*
Pursuant to its 1999 publication “BAG VI: Toward a Grammar of German e-mail” and in view of the fast-moving new digital technology of the past decade, BAG XII offers fresh email data as well as virtual text messaging data with the aim to ascertain in how far respondents distinguish texting from e-mailing and the features of each. The Netspeak/Textspeak questionnaire, conducted entirely in German, consists of five parts for which fourteen informants provided data. The basis of the analysis of the 2012 BAG XII data is the 58 fields posited for the 1999 BAG VI data. Emailers outnumber texters throughout the data. The fundamental answer as to whether our informants recognize a length difference between emailing and texting is confirmed. Brevity, the hallmark of textiquette, is further fed by elicited acronyms and abbreviations. The data analysis is interdigitated with the fourteen informant profiles.