An initial 4A?

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Fri Jun 28 17:00:32 UTC 2002

--On Friday, June 28, 2002 12:24 pm -0400 Laurence Horn
<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> One interesting difference is in the alphanumeric mixing of today--
> F2T?  'free to talk'
> B4N
> W84ME 'wait for me'
> NE1
> 3SUM
> J4F 'just for fun'

I have the impression that some of this mixing started with the trend for
personalised license plates, esp. use of '8' as a syllable in those.

The txt stuff is rife over here, and a number of students in our historical
linguistics/history of English courses have done projects on it, although I
don't know that any have made connections between txting and pre-20th
century forms.


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH

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