Inclusion of Social Media Abbreviations in Communicative Language Testing


  • Muhammad Farukh Arslan PhD. Candidate, Department of Applied Linguistics, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Aleem Shakir Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan


Social media abbreviations, CLT, grammatical knowledge


Communicative competence is a broader term that covers all knowledge, capacity and skills. This study invites the attention towards communicative abbreviations as used on social media platforms and in electronic communication. Researchers have placed these abbreviations in pragmatic and grammatical knowledge in Batchman’s (1990) model. These abbreviations are internationally recognized and mutually intelligible by the community of social media. Keeping in view the ideas that social media is the active and easily accessible platform to get information and express views, and a large number of world’s population (being the active user of social media) uses different abbreviations in communication; this study proposes to assess the communicative competence of speakers with the help of the abbreviations. Knowhow of these abbreviations will help the speakers perceive and produce information on social media more actively and quickly. List of abbreviations with their meanings has been given in this study.   
Keywords: abbreviations; CLT; communicative competence; social media

Author Biography

Muhammad Farukh Arslan, PhD. Candidate, Department of Applied Linguistics, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Muhammad Farukh Arslan is a PhD Candidate at department of Applied Linguistics, Government College University, Faisalabad. He has been serving for last 3 years at department of Applied Linguistics. His research areas  are World Englishes, Corpus Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Discourse Analysis.  


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How to Cite

Arslan, M. F., & Shakir, A. . (2019). Inclusion of Social Media Abbreviations in Communicative Language Testing . Linguistic Forum - A Journal of Linguistics, 1(2), 33–41.