English in Technical Communication: A Study on its Linguistic Features
D. David Wilson
The IUP Journal of English Studies, Vol. VI, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 35-43
The effect of linguistic globalization is much felt in the language use in the domain of electronic devices for communication. The devices used for communication are English-friendly. English as an instrument of knowledge and prestige entered almost all the countries in the world. National seminars, international seminars, conferences, and workshops are being organized in English all over the world. In countries like India, where multilingual scholars interact every day, English plays a vital role of being contact language and link language. As communication is part and parcel of human life, it is also enriched by technological development. There are a number of devices being used to enhance the mode of human communication. It is being realized that English is predominantly used in all these technological devices. Internet, e-mail and Short Message Service (SMS) have become common and normal modes of communication. Computer, mobile phone and digital multimedia all have become part of everyday communication. The present generation finds it easy and convenient to communicate through these media resulting in a change in the traditional mode of communication.
Among the various devices used in technical communication, it is the mobile phone that has become quite common and ordinary. Its affordability multiplies the number of users day by day. Many of its users feel uncomfortable if they do not hear their mobile ring tone even for a few minutes. Multiple versions of technologically advanced phones have come into use in the market. As mobile phone has become common and widely used in everyday communication, it is necessary to analyze the role of language used in this device and the impact of this device on language. In this paper, the author has limited his study to the texts of SMS in mobile phones and made a critical analysis of the linguistic features of English from the collected data at phonological, lexical and syntactical levels.
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Date posted: May 15, 2012
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