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Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Centro de Ciências HumanaS E NATURAIS
departamento de letras e línguas






ANTONIO DE AZEVEDO JUNIOR
ARTHUR BATISTA CALIMAN
MARIANNE VIEIRA GUIMARÃES










TEACHER’S BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING ABBREVIATIONS















VITÓRIA
2011

ANTONIO DE AZEVEDO JUNIOR
ARTHUR BATISTA CALIMAN
MARIANNE VIEIRA GUIMARÃESTEACHER’S BELIEFS ABOUT TEACHING ABBREVIATIONS









Research Project submitted to the course of English language as a requirement draft assessment for the discipline Projetos de Ensino III supervised by Prof. Sara Novaes.









VITÓRIA
2011

ABSTRACT

The use of Instant messaging language in the Standard English ismatter of concern. Introducing this defective language variation in our formal writings and conversations can compromise the standard language to adopt these characteristics in both written and spoken language, i.e. unnecessary abbreviations, use of different variants which differ from the normal ones. In this paper we wanted to approach ideas and opinions in which we could raise ideas of how thisnew language can be utilized as a didactical feature in class instead of suffering the attempt to be banished from language.

We built a questionnaire, in which we asked questions to ESL teachers about the usage of this language variation in class, and the importance it has in teaching a second language. Furthermore, the results showed us that teachers are aware of the Instant messaginglanguage, and they try to work on these aspects of the language with students in class. Also, they gave arguments expressing the cultural importance of this language variation has, and that it can’t be ignored, as this language is growing as time passes by, becoming a part of our culture. To conclude, we discussed and came to the same standpoint, in which we agreed that the IM language should be workedin class as a complement, but should not interrupt the main class schedule for being introduced in it.

Keywords: Instant; Message; Abbreviation; Language



































INTRODUCTION



When the subject comes to abbreviations, it is easily understood that various languages are going through this change into their descriptivegrammar systems. One interesting fact, and very much relevant, is that these abbreviations are being used by people when they speak. This is what will be presented in the following paragraphs. It must be said, though, that the main focus of this study is the Instant Messaging Abbreviations (IM).

In spontaneous speech, there are additional considerations that should be taken into account, sinceit is generally easier to have access to written texts than to have transcriptions of spoken language. In fact, there are important differences between written and spoken language, including vocabulary items and the frequency they are used, as there are reduced forms, found essentially in speech.

There is also a number of abbreviated words, or clipped words, in spoken language that arerarely found in standard written texts, such as, auto, bio, bike, etc. Clipping is certainly a word-formation process and, in many cases, we witness semantic disassociation such as exam, pants and pub,; or clippings that move to different registers, or styles, as compared to their long equivalents like, for example, ad, apps and prof. The use of clipped words seems to be quite language dependent.Other processes, specific to spoken language, are related to frequent word sequences, corresponding to function words; letters of acronyms; or words composing a date, or a complex number.

Acronyms (or “letter words”) consist of initial letters of longer words or phrases. Not all initials of the longer phrases are always used in the acronym: function words tend to be ignored in order to...
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