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. Txting: The gr8 db8. By: David Crystal. Rykia Clark, Taylor Timmons, speaking, when people text and what the long term effects of texting are on language. Txtng: The gr8 db8. By David Crystal. Oxford: Oxford University Press,. ISBN $ Reviewed by Naomi S. Baron, American University.

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The book does a great job in convincing me that there is really nothing either deviant or inappropriate about how texting came to be. To make matters worse, I can’t buy in to some of Crystall findings and conclusions.

There is a widely voiced concern that the practice is fostering a decline in literacy. The average reader may well have to grit his teeth and persevere just to make it through to the end. Texts communicated by pagers were replaced by text messages, at first only twenty characters in length. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Txtng – David Crystal – Oxford University Press

Why do they do it? Weighing in on the debate about whether texting is destroying the English language or whether it is a natural evolution of the language, Crystal compiles a series of compelling essays that can be devoured in one sitting.

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. Texting has added a new dimension to language use, indeed, but its long-term impact on the already existing varieties of tctng is likely to be negligible.

Indeed texting is so widespread that many parents, teachers, and media pundits have been outspoken in their criticism of it. He explains how texting began, how davud works, who uses it, daid how much it crydtal used, and he shows how to interpret the mixture of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay typically used in texting. The lists of texting abbreviations from numerous languages other than Engilsh is this book’s greatest strength. The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal.


I would have loved more about the changes in the Deaf community. I gf8 to interact with people in various online forums, and when they write whole essays gt8 txt-speak, and I find myself spending more time decoding what they wrote than on the content of their arguments, then I take an exception to this whole business of texting.

Text abbreviations in eleven languages. Setting that aside, this book if a wealth of information regarding this instant communication that has pervaded into our culture – at all age levels. Psychologists, sociologists, health specialists, journalists, and educators have had plenty to say; but hardly any reports provide details of what exactly happens to language when people create texts.

Good for its date of writing or so but dated now. Unfortunately, the continuous references to all these studies makes for some pretty dry reading for the non-academic. A bite-sized reasonably entertaining read. Half the class didn’t even own a computer. I think million Facebook us To those tctng are pedantic about grammar and adhering to strict rules, this ge8 shifts your paradigm. Does texting spell the end of western civilization?

If characters letters, punctuation marks, etc. Want to Read saving…. And I would have been able to retire on the profits from text messaging, the latest innovation to bring out the prophets of doom.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal

The book seemed to go on forever and sometimes repeated the same information and research over dzvid over again. If the information in these reports cannot be supported by evidence, I don’t see how you can debate it.

Crystal, a world renowned linguist and prolific author on the uses and abuses of English, here looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text-messaging and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society.

But the author really didn’t have anything profound to say, and the book published in already seems dated. Students often find it rg8 for notetaking but know not to use it for essays or assignments. In fact, a study at Coventry University found that students who used more abbreviations when writing text messages actually scored higher on reading and vocabulary. Even if the data were rock solid and reflected the analysis of much larger study groups, I question some of the author’s conclusions, especially since he seemingly made up his mind early on that text messaging’s positives outweigh its negatives.


In txxtng book Txting: Account Options Sign in. This was one that really interested me as text speak is something that really grates, but is also something I used a lot in my teens! He has written or edited over books and published numerous articles for scholarly, professional, and general readerships, in fields ranging from forensic linguistics and ELT to the liturgy and Shakespeare.

Crystal makes some great points throughout the book and I have to agree with him. David Crystal eavid at the evidence. He shows how to interpret its mix yxtng pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages. And they must be stopped.

Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

The UK has text poetry competitions. 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: But once procedures were in place, texting rocketed.

Crystal identifies the linguistic mechanisms and dynamics at work in texting and places it in historical context.

The focus is on language, but Crystal comments on social and cultural aspects of texting The book is an excellent reality check and a positive insight into an innovative communication medium.