Word Formation in Text Messaging


This study is concerned with morphological processes. The objective of the study was to analyze the word formation process used in text messaging using descriptive methods. The researcher analysed the collected expressions, which were derived from thirty SMS texts on the researcher’s mobile phone, to identify the types of word formation processes which cannot be found in an Indonesian dictionary. There were 148 expressions found in the text messaging. There were six aspects of word formation process, namely clipping (52%), borrowing (22%), multiple process (20%), acronym (3%), miscellany (2%) and blending (1%). Therefore, clipping was the most dominant type used in text messaging.

Keywords: Word Formation, Morphological Process, Text messaging

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