1Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Education and Humanities, International Burch University, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Abstract: People have been using languages for centuries to express their feelings and emotions. At first, they only used signs and later, it evolved into world languages. The most famous and the most influential language globally, i.e. English, has become a global lingua franca. It has been widely used in technology, literature, trade, politics, entertainment, music and as well as on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, different forums and many others. Having taken into account the fact that we live in a busy world and try to save our precious time as much as possible, we often reduce our online communication by using online internet abbreviations. Even though it may be argued that the usage of abbreviations, particularly in online communication, reduces learners’ communication skills, these forms of expression are increasingly used on a daily basis. This is also the case in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which aspires to follow popular communication trends. Thus, the current research has shown that the trend of frequent internet and social network usage is widespread in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well and that the usage of abbreviations is widespread across the country.
Keywords: Abbreviations, Social Network Users, English Language, Bosnian Social Network Users
Published: May 10, 2022
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