Re: "Text messages and dropped pronouns. Peter,when i text a family member or friend it is rare for me to use the first person pronoun I. IE, Went to the shops,had coffee,be back soon... I know i am not distancing myself from them and i know have been were i have said i have been. So how does SA work when it comes to dropped pronouns in text messaging.??"
A helpful reader responded by correctly identifying that we look for a pattern.
In a text, pronouns are rare, but since texts are meant to communicate, they are subject to analysis and can be deceptive. In many texts, pronouns go missing.
"Gone to store. Love you."
What we can identify with this text is that text messaging is expected to be abbreviated greatly.
It is expected that pronouns will be missing.
We take careful note when a pronoun does appear as being "very important."
"Gone to store. Need groceries. I will be home at 5"
Not knowing the person sending the text nor the recipient, my guess would be (if asked) that the home arrival time is an important piece of information, perhaps a reminder to be there, or don't be late, and so on.
There are studies currently ongoing as to the meanings of:
??? (see above)
?!?, !!!, ..., ...., and so on. As the research continues and shows consistency, I will publish it. Some of the other basics can be viewed, including text messages that make false claims, or that are in response to accusations.
The context is always important.
The astute reader left this at the end and it is worth quoting:
" PS-when you had coffee, was someone with you? -- that's usually an indicator that you were doing something social, particularly when you find it important to mention it. Have a great day"