Back to overview Show all

Book (peer-reviewed)

Publisher De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin Boston
ISBN 978-3-11-051581-7


Because of their brevity and speed, text messages are often considered elliptical. This publication uses a Swiss German corpus of text messages to examine the validity of this assumption. It statistically analyzes pre-field and middle-field omissions as well as ellipsis of articles and prepositions. In addition, the authors examine whether newer technologies – such as the use of emojis in WhatsApp – influence elliptical structures.