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Be as up-to-date as you can on material here.  General “reading around” about language will benefit you hugely in A Level assessments.

See this excellent blog for language news of the week, maintained by a teacher of A Level English Language.

Other useful links are collected here.

These are relatively new varieties and to a degree, are not yet fixed and standardised (or may not ever become so!).  We are talking here about the language used in electronic forms like text messaging, email, chat/msn and tweets.


There are some differences between these forms, however, mainly due to the way people use them and the social groups users fall into.  For example, I use email socially and am not a user of instant message services.  I am also older than you (yes, really!).  Thus, my email use may be fairly informal and I do use acronyms/initialisms, but I do not use txt other than on a mobile.


The main influences to people using these linguistic forms are:

Time limitations

Space limitations (ie number of characters)

Purpose in communicating (social, formal etc)

Features of E-Varieties