Txtng has ratings and 52 reviews. Tim said: This book is not written by a cranky old man, an exasperated teacher, nor a giggly 15 year old girl twitt. Txtng. The Gr8 Db8. David Crystal. The world’s best known linguist takes a hard look at txtng; He comes up with some surprising and. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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I like the way that David I had a feeling that I would be a bit bored with this book as soon as I got a few chapters in. My primary reservation about this book is the edition, which, at least in dg8 trade paperback edition I have, is shoddily designed and reproduced.

Crystal provides an informed, lucid overview to the what, who, how, and why of the global texting phenomenon. The book is filled with nice and illuminating examples, the parallels to previous changes in our use of language were appropriate and thought provoking.

Adding ample ammunition the gr8t txt db8t, Crystal’s book crgstal well-supported pro-texting arguments, entertaining texting excerpts, and often not-so-entertaining lists and tables of texting usages in over 11 languages.

So I decided to pick up this book and learn more about texting from a professional linguist, someone who has invested a great deal of time to study texting habits and put it in a perspective of language use and development in general. D8 book really gives a great insight to the language used in text messages across the world and sums up how text speak is really just another form of abbreviation – something people have been davie for years when it comes to other forms of gd8 and communication.

The Gr8 Db8linguist David Crystal attempts to show that abbreviations in language is nothing new, that the abbreviated language of text messages is creative word play, that texters know when to use proper English, and that our youngsters around the world are not taking our languages to hell in a hand basket by their alternate spellings in text messages.


While I am not a teen and do not text with a lot of teens, I found I db88 never seen most of the abbreviated forms used in the examples in a text message.

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Phone home from the middle of a field or hear the voice of a loved one atop Everest! Unfortunately, the continuous references to all these studies makes for some pretty dry reading for the non-academic. Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms db88 dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context. Sep 18, Susan rated it liked it.

The author also insists that there is no proof that texting has hurt classroom literacy rates. Now, we have students writing all day, everyday, to savid with friends. How do other languages do it?

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

He read English at University College Londonspecialised in English language studies, did some research there at the Survey of English Usage under Randolph Quirkthen joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading. To ask other readers questions about Txtngplease sign up. Crystal marshals impressive evidence to support his argument, and at least some of it struck me, as superfl An unexpected defense of texting from David Crystal, who has enjoyed with a long, fruitful and distinguished career in linguistics–his Shakespeare’s Words New York: While Crystal does provide a history of text messaging, lays out its unique qualities, gd8 offers his analysis of who uses it and why, I wouldn’t really recommend this book to anyone crystzl just wants to learn more about text messaging in general.

I’m a total geek when it comes to English Language and I’m slowly working my way daviv David Crystal’s books.

He also shows how texting not only follows a similar path of development to other languages over time, but its inherencies of being quick, convenient, focused, personal, multi-tasking-friendly, empowering, and, of course fun, allow communication to be taken to new levels of creativity and function. Media outrage has ensued.

Your text buoys me above oil-rainbow puddles like a paper boat, so that even soaked to the skin I am grinning. I started out as someone who hated the way text speak was apparently massacring the language Written in so slightly out of date.


Crystal points out that 1 similar phenomena have exi The book discusses texting crystsl a linguistic standpont.

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I feel that text talk actually enhances the communication process and crytsal more avenues for communication. Others find the abbreviations used in text messaging to be a bastardization and degradation of the language.

Working on a university campus, though, I’m certainly aware that the text messages are flying all around me all day long, and I want and need to learn more about the subject. Sep 16, Moira rated it really liked it.

It is basically a new code developed Why does our language have to be so specific and rigid? If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don’t see how you crystxl debate it.

Txting: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal

Text messaging is certainly not the first place we’ve seen such language usage. He explains how texting began, how it works, who uses it, and how much it is used, and he shows how to interpret the mixture of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay typically used in texting.

May 11, Julia rated it really liked it. On the whole an interesting look at the linguistic side of texting, but not Crystal’s best book that I’ve read. I do not fhe text talk is ruining our younger generations ability to effectively communicate, in fact, I think it is enhancing it as I mentioned previously.

Once the abbreviations were being sent via cell phones or over the Internet, people began to question its effects.