The influence of the language of new media on the literacy of young people in their school assignments and in leisure

Blaženka Filipan-Žignić, Vladimir Legac

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Katica Sobo

Karlovac University of Applied Sciences, Croatia


Abstract
The authors of this research study try to explore the real literacy among young people of today resulting from the influence of the language of new media (especially Facebook and the mobile phone). The impetus for this study comes from frequent complaints that the language of young people has deteriorated due to the negative impact of the language that young people are using in the new media. The authors have done this through an analysis of the way students write in their school assignments and in writings done in their spare time in the new media with regard to (non) existence of the language of new media (such as abbreviations, emoticons and other iconic signs, capitals, dialecticisms, anglicisms, vulgarisms, etc.). In their analysis, the researchers used a computer programme WordSmith Tools 6.0 (Scott 2006). The authors aimed to find out whether or not students in their private language texts use the language of new media (written language with many elements of spoken language and with many abbreviations) and whether or not the students in their school assignments consistently use the standard language without the elements that they normally use in their own language in the new media. The results have shown that secondary school students do consistently write in the standard language in their school assignments, whereas in their leisure activities they use all the elements of the language of new media.

Keywords
Internet, Facebook, mobile phone, young people, language of new media, standard

Suggested citation

Filipan-Žignić, Blaženka, Vladimir Legac and Katica Sobo. 2016. The influence of the language of new media on the literacy of young people in their school assignments and in leisure. Linguistics Beyond and Within 2: 77-96. Online at: http://lingbaw.com/2016/Blaženka-Filipan-Žignić,Vladimir-Legac,Katica-Sobo.


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