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Remarks on the formation and use of acronyms and initialisms in present-day english
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Acronyms and initialisms are two prominent types of abbreviations in current English, not least in online communication and in text messaging. The aim of this qualitative study is to shed light on some of the ways in which acronyms and initialisms are formed and used, both online and offline. The results indicate that while there is a strong bias towards uniform length in general and towards three-letter initialisms in particular, there is no such consensus in terms of pronounceability; in fact, some formations that seem perfectly pronounceable as words are pronounced letter by letter and vice versa for no apparent reason. Further, the study shows that popular and productive types of formation include homonyms (playing on the similarity with already existing words and abbreviations), analogies (building on previous formations or repeating familiar patterns of formation) and letter-number combinations. Nyckelord: acronyms, initialisms, pronounceability, homonyms, analogies, backronyms, bacronyms, mock expansions, alphanumeric formations

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2005. , 35 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53777Local ID: ENG C-17OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53777DiVA: diva2:1102337
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