The impact of Technology (BBM and WhatsApp Applications) on English Linguistics in Kuwait

Ashraf Atta M. S. Salem

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This paper sheds light on the impact of the widespread of improvements happened in the fields of communication technology on English language use. This impact is described on the basis of interviews conducted with participants. The sample of the study consists of (211) participants. The sample is divided into two age levels groups; the first group is the intermediate school students (118 participants their ages range from 11 to 15 years old) and the second is the secondary school students (93 participants their ages range from 16 to 18 years old).   Data are discussed in relation to other studies. Also, the researcher has discussed the implication of the findings of the study.

Keywords: Technology -BBM – WhatsApp Applications- Linguistics- Kuwait


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