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The authors want to explore the extent to which the elements of the language of new media (abbreviations, omission, dialectisms, vulgarisms, anglicisms, etc.) are present in the speech of young Croatians in their conversations due to the influence of the language of new media, the so-called Netspeak. This research is a continuation of the research of the literacy of young people of the same age. Participants in the study were 100 secondary school students in their final years. Initially, youth conversations were recorded, then the transcripts were digitalized into a word document, and finally a corpus analysis was made by means of Oxford WordSmith Tools 6.0 with regard to the elements of the language of the new media l in order to establish their representation in student conversations. The starting hypotheses were the following: H1 – In their mutual conversations in leisure time young people use a large number of abbreviations; H2 - In their mutual conversations in leisure time young people use a large number of dialectal expressions, H3 - In their mutual conversations in leisure time young people use a large number of vulgarisms and profanities, H4 - Of all the elements of the language of new media in the oral speech of young people used in leisure time most common are abbreviations, H5 – Young people use more elements of the language of new media in their leisure time in written than in oral communication. The results of the research have shown that young people use a large number of the elements of the language of new media in their mutual communication, but it is much less than in their written communication.

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Vladimir Legac 3972
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Blazenka Filipan-Zignic (Croatia) 13971
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Katica Sobo (Croatia) 13991
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