INSTANT MESSAGING: A THREAT FOR POOR SPELLERS WHOSE SPELLING IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING CONSOLIDATED

  • Aurélie Simoës-Perlant
  • Cecilia Gunnarsson-Largy OCTOGONE-Lordat, Université de Toulouse, URI4156
  • Tonia Lanchantin CLLE, Université de Toulouse, CNRS, UMR5263
  • Pierre Largy OCTOGONE-Lordat, Université de Toulouse, URI4156

Resumo

It is hard to make a clear status about the link between instant messaging and spelling. We dug into 2 areas that found no clear answer in the literature. In a first study, we compared the amount of modified words produced in instant messaging by French and American adolescents (both orthographies are opaque but cultural and economic aspects differ). Results showed the first produced more modified words than the latter. These aspects would matter to explain the amount of modified words. In a second study, we compared the amount of misspellings on paper and modified pseudo-words in instant messaging. There were 3 groups (made of good and poor French spellers) for 3 exposure phases (12 weeks): not exposed to instant messaging; exposed during 6 weeks; exposed during 12 weeks. Results showed poor spellers produced more misspellings than good spellers – only for the second group. There would be a risk for poor spellers whose spelling is being consolidated.

Publicado
2018-06-30