I recently watched this 13 minute TED Talk about the ”language of texting” … which is exactly what I think … texting or ”sms-ing” is a language. No matter what country you live in. When I was first started learning Portuguese, I was receiving text messages from friends using all kinds of short-hand which I could not decipher. I would have to write them back and ask that they spell out entire words because I was not comfortable enough with the language to know what they are saying. But it’s been eye-opening for me. Texting is more in line with talking. You’re responding as if you were actually saying the words or doing the action (LOL or) This has forced me to learn the Portuguese alphabet better since I have to put sounds together to make words which are not being spelled out.
Anyway, this guy has an interesting perspective. Oh, and I’ve recently become addicted to TED Talks. Anyone else?