EVALUATING NETSPEAK THROUGH VYGOTSKY’S SOCIO-CULTURAL THEORY AND ITS EFFECTS ON PAKISTANI BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS’ STANDARD ENGLISH

Sarwat Nauman

Abstract




The overwhelming influence of netspeak has engulfed
students’ written work worldwide. To understand the widespread
usage of netspeak, Vygotsky’s socio-cultural theory was taken into
consideration. The purpose of this research was to examine three
areas with regard to netspeak: Students’ perception of netspeak,
students’ usage of netspeak and the effect of netspeak on students’
Standard English. For this purpose a questionnaire was adapted
from Hussein and Lingwood (2012). The sampling was purposive
which targeted 120 students from four private business Schools of
Karachi, Pakistan. Through simple statistical measurements, it was
concluded that students have a positive perception of netspeak; even
though students’ perception of netspeak has no influence on their
Standard English,yet, the usage of netspeak does influence Standard English.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22555/pbr.v18i1.667

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