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  • Volume 2016

    The Impact of Text Messaging on the Acquisition of Standard English Writing in Tanzania: A Study of Higher Learning Institutions in Dodoma Municipality
    (International Journal of Art, Culture, Design and Language Works)

    Vol. 2, Issue 7, PP. 01-11, July, 2016

    Keywords: Mobile phone, Text messaging, Acronym, undergraduate students, code switching / mixing.

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    Abstract

    The Text message also referred to as “text messaging” or “texting” have become the preferred mode of interpersonal communication among young people at the turn of the 20th century. This study aimed at investigating the impact of SMS/text messages on the acquisition of Standard English writing in Tanzania. The general objective of this particular study was to explore the distinctive linguistic features of text messages used by university undergraduate students and their impact on the acquisition of Standard English writing at higher learning institution in Tanzania. In carrying out this study, Communication Accommodation Theory by Giles (1987) was applied and data were gathered through questionnaire, telephone survey and documentary review. Data based on questionnaires were analyzed through SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences). Basically the study employed both qualitative approach and quantitative approach. The findings of this study clearly show that text messaging is characterized by both standard and non standard language, though non standard language seems to be the greatest feature of students’ text messages. General effects of text messaging on acquisition of Standard English writing in particular is seen to be as a result of the nature of text messaging which give rise to more abbreviated language.  

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    Godson Robert Mtallo, College of Business Education (CBE – Dodoma campus), mtallogodson@yahoo.com, P.O.BOX 2077 Dodoma - Tanzania, +255 756 261 613

    Zubeda Ramadhani Marley, Mozambique / Tanzania Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), akisa@live.com,   P.O. BOX 2824 Dar es Salaam – Tanzania, +255 712 034 414

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    Mtallo, Zubeda Ramadhani Marley, "The Impact of Text Messaging on the Acquisition of Standard English Writing in Tanzania: A Study of Higher Learning Institutions in Dodoma Municipality" International Journal of Art, Culture, Design and Language Works, Vol. 2, Issue 7, PP. 01-11, July, 2016.                                                                                   

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