DONATE YOUR SMS

FOR WHAT?

For language research. We are studying how individuals change spelling & sentences when confronted with small screen, small keyboard and the need to respond urgently.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH MY SMS?

We will put it into a data bank containing hundreds of other smses and then process it through a computer software that analyses the way people write language? Your sms will aid multi-research projects by students and members of staff.

WHAT KIND OF ANALYSIS ARE YOU REFERRING TO?

There are a variety of experiments which will be conducted on the data using text processing software such as frequency profiling and concordance analysis such as the following analysis of b:

Concordance

AT ABOUT MY PRIVACY?

We have found out that most smses don’t identify individuals specifically. People refer to John or Dol etc. However if there are numbers which you believe may compromise your identity change them or replace some of them by stars (71**5*1*). There is no need to write your name.

HOW DO I DONATE MY SMS?

  1. Send your sms by email to txtbank@gmail.com.
  2. Your sms must be COPIED EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR PHONE even with “spelling mistakes”.
  3. Write your sms in a piece of paper and slip the paper under the door of Block 202/02. Don’t knock. REMEMBER: Your sms must be COPIED EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR PHONE even with “spelling mistakes”.
  4. Send as much as you can and GET OTHERS TO SEND THEIR SMSES AS WELL.

INBOX OR OUTBOX SMS?

Everything. And all smses are welcome, regardless of whether they are polite or not. Remember we are studying all varieties of language use.

MORE INFORMATION?

Email: txtbank@gmail.com or call Dr. T.J. Otlogetswe: 355 2093