chapter  3
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Natural language compression

Natural languages are those spoken by human beings and will be examined in this study as a ‘written’ language rather than the traditional verbal, or spoken, language. Texting, the faddish uses of telephones, landlines, and mobile devices, cell phones, that use, in the English language system, 26 letters of the alphabet and 10 numerical symbols, an alphanumeric system, to send a message from one source to another source via a transmission system (Wikipedia, ‘Texting Messaging’, 2013: 1). The act of compression is a natural act of parsimony of a sentence to reduce the amount of characters used without the loss of the ‘content’ of the message coded into this abbreviated form. Because the vowels of the English language – a, e, i, o, and u – are the connecting units of consonants, they form the ‘significant’ junction of words, especially prefix, suffix and, non-traditionally, infix positions in the English language, and by themselves, something English consonants do not normally do, become singularities of form and represent themselves accordingly. Texting of the English language uses the ‘dropping’ of a vowel within an English word to save on space. The following example of such an English sentence is: ‘Please pick me up at ten’ can be shortened by dropping the ‘ea’ in Please, the ‘ic’ in pick and the letter ‘ten’ can be changed to the numerical 10 resulting in the following texting ‘shorthand’: ‘Plse pk me up at 10’ that has shortened the original 19 character message to the texting message’s 14 character length.